Each and every day animals are left physically and emotionally broken and abandoned. These animals are left to die by their owners due to lack of respect, responsibility and care of their owners. Whether they be left in a public area, or isolated side street the intentions of the owner are to discard their responsibilities and release the animal from their care in an inhumane manor. Our Florida laws define "Abandon" as "means to forsake an animal entirely or to neglect or refuse to provide or perform the legal obligations for care and support of an animal by its owner". Although these laws are in place they are not in effect. Animals are left to death and their owners are never held accountable. It is the responsibility of the citizens of Florida and the FDLE to appropriately conduct searches to find the owners of these animals and issue the appropriate punishment for their actions. Further, states the laws relating to animal abuse and abandonment that serve the purpose of holding those abusers accountable for their actions: "Abandon" means to forsake an animal entirely or to neglect or refuse to provide or perform the legal obligations for care and support of an animal by its owner.
(1) A person who unnecessarily overloads, overdrives, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, or unnecessarily mutilates, or kills any animal, or causes the same to be done, or carries in or upon any vehicle, or otherwise, any animal in a cruel or inhumane manner, is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or both.
(2) A person who intentionally commits an act to any animal which results in the cruel death, or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering, or causes the same to be done, is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or by a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.
It is our duty to further push our government and officials to finding the owners of the animals and subjecting them to punishment by law for their mistreatment and abandonment of animals.
Dear Animal Activists and Community Supporters
It is our duty to save the animals of our communities and to not turn a blind eye. Often enough people disregard the wellbeing of those that cannot find their own way. Our state of Florida holds laws that pertain to those that abuse, neglect, and abandon animals, however therein those laws are many counterproductive actions. These laws pertain to those that are caught or brought forward by caring citizens. However, the state and counties there in fail at seeking out those responsible for these crimes. This continuous lack of care and compassion leaves shelters and societies to pick up what is left off and continue to see the same cruel actions conducted. The state of Florida should further recognize these crimes and take further action that seeking out these offenders. In doing so, they may take similar actions towards the death or abuse of animals as they do when a human is killed or injured. Animal abusers should be forced to register in their resident counties to ensure that they are unable to continue inflicting the same harm on other animals. It takes action to make a difference, and it is our duty to hold these offenders accountable and rid our communities of this menace of animals neglect, abuse, and abandonment.
Animal Rights Supporter Kayla Childs
Any person who is the owner or possessor, or has charge or custody, of any animal who abandons such animal to suffer injury or malnutrition or abandons any animal in a street, road, or public place without providing for the care, sustenance, protection, and shelter of such animal is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or by both imprisonment and a fine.
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