A Palm Harbor man was arrested last night after six of twelve pets he owned died, PCSO officials say. Michael Waite, 39, was charged with one felony count of animal cruelty. Waite was supposed to be watching three birds, two dogs, and seven cats including five kittens. Two of the birds died and were found in the trash; the last bird died in vet’s care. The vet cited starvation as the cause of death. Additionally, two of the kittens died after they were eaten by their mother. Waite allegedly told authorities that he could not afford to care for the animals properly.
With the economy in turmoil, many pet owners are finding themselves with tough choices related to pet care. Often times people do not want to give beloved pets up for adoption but find themselves without the financial resources to take care of their animals. Please, if you or a loved one is struggling to take care of a pet, give it up for adoption or take it to the nearest shelter immediately.
If you have been charged with animal cruelty, call an experienced Tampa criminal defense lawyer at Taracks & Associates for a free consultation today. Our staff would be happy to explain the charges against you and provide you with a free case evaluation. Call us now at 813-281-2897. Taracks & Associates – The Advocate For You.