Tampa Animal Cruelty Laws & Penalties

Often times clients approach us and ask what are Florida’s laws on Animal Cruelty. Under Florida Statute 828.12, depending on the severity of the cruelty, an individual can be charged with either a first degree misdemeanor or a third degree felony offense. A person may also be charged with separate counts of animal cruelty for each indivual act of animal cruelty. For example, if a person were to mistreat a litter of five kittens, he or she could be charged with five separate counts.

For more information on animal cruelty, call an attorney at Taracks & Associates, P.A. for a free consultation. Our firm has five lawyers on staff including four former prosecutors who have handled criminal cases from both sides of the court room. That gives our firm an advantage when it comes to handling cases of this nature. We know the defenses that are available and how to poke holes in the State’s argument.

If you would like more information on animal cruelty in Florida, call our Tampa office at 813-281-2897 for your free consultation. Taracks & Associates – The Advocate For You.

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