Take a moment to consider the fact that 550 cases of animal abuse were documented in the United States in 2012 alone.
Unfortunately, even in a state as progressive as Washington, animal abuse continues to be a serious problem.
In Washington, animal welfare offenders can be convicted of Animal Cruelty in the Second Degree or Animal Cruelty in the First Degree. The former more or less fits the general definition of “simple neglect,” wherein a person fails to provide the basic needs of an animal, intentionally or not. In many other states, this is not necessarily a criminal act. In Washington, this may result in a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment and fines. Animal Cruelty in the First Degree can result in greater fines and longer terms of imprisonment. Cruelty in the First Degree occurs when an individual causes (or forces a minor to cause) willful, cruel, or malicious neglect—i.e. unnecessary pain, injury, suffering or death to an animal.
What does animal negligence look like exactly, you ask? How can I tell if animal(s) are in danger? Here are common things to look for:
If you notice these signs in your pet after it has been in someone else’s care (e.g. a kennel, breeder, sitter, walker or groomer) or in another animal, here are some actions that you can take on the animal’s behalf:
If you notice these signs in your pet after it has been in someone else’s care (i.e. a kennel, breeder, sitter, walker or groomer) or in another animal, here are some actions that you can take on the animal’s behalf:
The humane and ethical treatment of animals is an especially important issue to Evergreen Personal Injury Counsel. It is of particular importance to our own Gemma Zanowski, who has greatly distinguished herself as an advocate for animal-related causes in her legal practice, in her volunteer work for the animal rescue organization she founded, and in her board-membership on the Washington State Bar Association Animal Law Small Section and Prison Pet Partnership. Gemma’s work to help creatures big and small continues to inspire us.
If you need an attorney to take on a negligent dog daycare business, boarding kennel, dog trainer, veterinarian or dog breeder, or legal help in any capacity that could possibly help your pets or other animals, please let us know. If you work with animals, we can help advise you on ethical practices and contracts related to the animals you work with so that you can be certain to care for them as best as possible.
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