Can I Be Held Criminally Liable For Failing To Care For My Animals?

Yes. Whether you own a dog or a herd of cattle you must provide them with food and sustenance in the adequate amount to keep them healthy and living. You are also required to provide your animals with proper forms of shelter that do not expose your animals to extreme heat or cold that can harm their health. Furthermore, any violence toward animals or torture of animals as a result of any act or omission (failure to do something) is punishable as a misdemeanor, which may include a fine, imprisonment or both.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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