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Felonies involving animal cruelty may lead to time behind bars

One woman in Florida is facing multiple charges after a deceased puppy was discovered in her yard. The puppy was found on a Tuesday night. She has been accused of a felony in connection with the puppy's death as well as being accused of animal cruelty concerning seven other dogs. Crimes that are charged as felonies potentially lead to time behind bars if a person ends up being convicted in a court of law.

At about 6:15 p.m., police responded to a home after receiving a report about a dead puppy in the yard. Police saw seven puppies that were several weeks old and an adult female dog feeding on the dead puppy. They were all pit bulls.

The woman, 33, was charged with several misdemeanor counts and a felony count of animal cruelty in addition to being charged with violating her felony probation. In addition, nine dogs, including one from inside the house, were taken from her care. Police said the dogs had no shelter to protect them from the sun, and they also lacked water and food outside.

The woman has the right to a fair jury trial to fight her felony charges in Florida. At trials in cases involving felonies, prosecutors must prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt before convictions can be handed down. As she and her defense counsel proceed with her criminal defense, the prosecution might offer a plea deal for either reduced charges or for favorable sentencing considerations. Defense counsel will strive to preserve all of her legal rights while focusing on achieving a result that is in her best interests.

Source: wtsp.com, "Tampa woman charged in death of puppy", Aug. 11, 2015

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