Monday, March 24, 2008

Owner charged with cruelty for failure to provde treatment

Law.com reports on a ruling by a Manhattan judge that a man can properly be charged with animal cruelty for failure to seek treatment for his cat's serious ailments. The man had sought to dismiss the charges, but the judge ruled that the allegations set forth a prima facie case and that his act of omission was unjustifiable. From the article:
Darryl M. Vernon of Vernon & Ginsburg, a veteran member of the New York City Bar's animal law committee who is not involved in the case, praised Simpson's decision.

While Vernon acknowledged that the case might lead some people to hide evidence of animal neglect for fear of prosecution, he said it served "the greater good" by making it clear that "you can't get an animal and treat him [or] her like a TV."

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