November 28, 2017

Representative Tom Leek has introduced HB 473, called "Ponce's Law," that would strengthen Florida's animal cruelty law by allowing judges to prohibit people convicted of animal abuse from having pets.  The law would also give prosecutors more leverage in animal cruelty cases by increasing the sentencing guidelines score for felony animal cruelty from a Level 3 (16 points) to a Level 5 (28 points). 

The bill's na...

November 28, 2017

In a lengthy exposé, Rene Ebersole writes for National Geographic about an ongoing case regarding alligator poaching.  Nine men stand accused of forty-four felonies, "ranging from the possession and killing of a protected wildlife species to falsifying official records, stealing, and racketeering."  The story provides significant background about alligator populations over the course of modern Florida history including when an...

November 28, 2017

Animal hoarding is a quiet epidemic in Florida that has serious negative consequences for animal and human welfare, creates significant property damage, and causes a substantial economic burden on government, mental health and animal organizations, and ultimately taxpayers.  In this webinar, we will discuss the extent of this growing problem, and also hear from a practicing psychologist about some of the signs that mental heal...

November 28, 2017

Donna Byrne, 53, was recently arrested for DUI after allegedly riding a horse drunk in a busy highway in the middle of the afternoon.  Section 316.193, Florida Statutes, prohibits a person from being "in actual physical control of a vehicle" while intoxicated.  The statute does not specify whether a horse would qualify as a vehicle.  The State later charged Byrne with animal abandonment, disorderly intoxication, and culpable n...

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