Animal RightsA 24-year-old Frenchman has been charged with animal cruelty for injuring a 4-month-old kitten named Oscar by throwing him against an apartment building.  What makes matters worse is that following his cruel actions, the suspect apparently decided to upload video clips of his alleged animal abuse on his Facebook profile page.  According to msn news, “the video first shows the man throwing the 4-month-old kitten named Oscar high into the air toward a large bush. A second clip shows him throwing the cat at an apartment building wall, and the cat plunging hard onto a concrete sidewalk.”  Thankfully, it's pretty easy to track people down with a simple Facebook search.  Even though the Frenchman’s Facebook site was taken down after the upload, reports indicate that the suspect was arrested on Friday.  If convicted, he faces up to two years in prison and a $40,500 fine.

What Is Animal Abuse?

Animal abuse is a crime.  If someone is found intentionally injuring, maiming, poisoning, disfiguring, or harming an animal, they will be convicted of animal abuse.  They may also face aggravated misdemeanor charges and can be held liable to the owner of the animal for damages.  For example, in California, if a person overworks, tortures, torments, deprives of necessary food, drink or shelter, cruelly beats, mutilates or cruelly kills an animal, they will be guilty of a misdemeanor or felony.

Do You Suspect Animal Cruelty?

In the unfortunate event that you suspect animal cruelty, you should contact the law enforcement agency in your area immediately.  Sometimes, it can be difficult to determine whether an animal is being abused and if the abuse is intentional and malicious.  Therefore, it is important to gather all the facts of the abuse first and then report your findings to the police.  Important information will include the location of the abuse, when the abuse occurred and who is the suspect of the abuse.

Pet laws are state specific, so if you have a question, contact a local pet law attorney in your area today.