Animal cruelty is one of those crimes that can be an indicator of propensity to commit other violent crimes. In fact, studies have shown—and law enforcement subscribes to the idea that—there exists a link between animal cruelty and human violence. An animal cruelty accusation can cast a long shadow of suspicion on those accused of the action, whether the defendant is found guilty or not.
Now, a shocking case involving New Jersey parents who mistreated and abused dozens of shelter dogs has recently re-opened conversations on the topic. The details are horrifying, and the extreme nature of the case has drawn a lot of attention.
Accusations of animal abuse can lead to serious child endangerment accusations and have a real impact on your life. The Lento Law Firm can help you navigate the complexities of these serious allegations. Call the Lento Law Firm at (888) 535-3686 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
The New Jersey Animal Cruelty Case
The details of this latest animal cruelty case are shocking: law enforcement officials found the remains of 30 dogs, with suspicions that there may be as many as 100 animals buried on the couple's property. To add to the horror, a 9-year-old child lived in the home as well. This home was filthy and dangerous, with putrid air and high gas levels. The investigators had to air the house out before entering.
Because of these unsafe conditions, the police removed the child from the house.
The Impact of Animal Cruelty Accusations
An accusation of animal cruelty is seen as an indication that something is seriously wrong with the defendant, that perhaps he's involved in other illicit activity, and that he can't be trusted. It's one of those black-and-white issues where no one sees shades of gray.
What's frightening about this is that even the accusation of animal cruelty can lead to an investigation by heavy-hitting state agencies, including the Child Protection and Permanency in the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. They may use their judgment to determine that the conditions in which the child lives may be a danger to the child. According to the law in New Jersey, if a child is in danger, the case must be investigated “quickly and thoroughly, and protective actions must be taken immediately if necessary.”
If you live in New Jersey and have been accused of animal cruelty and you are worried about losing custody of your child, the Lento Law Firm can help you develop your best possible defense and be sure you are given due process. The Lento Criminal Defense Team can help.