Having a dog as a pet comes with many responsibilities. Not only is a dog owner expected to provide proper care for the dog, but they are also required to ensure that the dog is safe and other dogs and people are safe from the dog. Thus, if an individual is accused of mistreating a dog or providing it improper care, this could result in criminal charges. These charges could be elevated to a felony if one is accused of being involved in dogfighting.
Based on recent reports, police in New York infiltrated a dogfighting enterprise, arresting 10 individuals for their alleged involvement in the criminal network that bred dogs, tortured them and put these animals in harm’s way for profit. Authorities stated that the ring operated across Long Island, New York City and throughout Suffolk County. Police rescued 89 dogs from the ring, locating them in basements, garages and sheds, noting that some were without food and water.
The 10 individuals arrested in the matter face a wide range of charges. This includes the violation of the prohibition of animal fighting, which is a felony, possession of animal fighting paraphernalia, overdriving, torturing and injuring animals, conspiracy and criminal possession of a controlled substance. These charges could carry with them serious penalties, especially those deemed a felony. Therefore, it is important to consider defense options.
Facing criminal allegations is a serious situation and should be treated as such. By taking the time to better understand the charges faced and evidence used in the matter, the accused can take timely steps to initiate an aggressive criminal defense. This could ultimately help one to reduce or dismiss some or all of the charges against them.