For most animal lovers the thought of animal abuse raises a few hairs and if you have been accused of such allegations, it shouldn’t be taken lightly. In some cases, guilty parties can face up to 6 months imprisonment! Not a nice outcome if you have been wrongly accused.
Animal Welfare Act 2006
The Animal Welfare Act 2006 is the principal animal welfare legislation and we tend to see common charges being brought under the following sections:
- Section 4 – causing an animal unnecessary suffering
- Section 8 – fighting etc.
- A person commits an offence if he — (a) causes an animal fight to take place, or attempts to do so; (b) knowingly receives money for admission to an animal fight; (c) knowingly publicises a proposed animal fight; (d) provides information about an animal fight to another with the intention of enabling or encouraging attendance at the fight; (e) makes or accepts a bet on the outcome of an animal fight or on the likelihood of anything occurring or not occurring in the course of an animal fight; (g) has in his possession anything designed or adapted for use in connection with an animal fight with the intention of its being so used;(h) keeps or trains an animal for use for in connection with an animal fight;(i) keeps any premises for use for an animal fight.
- A person commits an offence if, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, he is present at an animal fight.
- A person commits an offence if, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, he—(a) knowingly supplies a video recording of an animal fight,(b) knowingly publishes a video recording of an animal fight,(c) knowingly shows a video recording of an animal fight to another, or(d) possesses a video recording of an animal fight, knowing it to be such a recording, with the intention of supplying it.
- Section 9 – breach of duty of person responsible for animal to ensure welfare
How we can help
We have a wealth of experience in defending these types of prosecutions whether brought by the police or the RSPCA. We know how devastating an allegation of these sorts may be, particularly where animals have been seized and may be ultimately destroyed. We are able to act and defend on behalf of individuals and organisations such as charities, rescue centres, farms, zoos etc.
Sentences range from a fine to 6 months imprisonment – therefore if you are accused of an animal cruelty offence, it is vital that you seek expert advice at the earliest opportunity in order to give your matter the best chance of success.
Recent client feedback where we successfully defended a charge brought under the Animal Welfare Act 2006:
‘I have never met such a kind and professional lady like Safiya Sinclair; she really made me feel confident with my court case and was very thorough with every aspect of my case. Even at very short notice, she went into every detail and I couldn’t have asked for a better representative. She was very caring about the case. I went not guilty, she understood everything and I came out of the court a not guilty man thanks to Safiya and her knowledge of her job. I am very happy I had the pleasure of having such a great representative and I’m sure she will go on to help others. I would go back to Safiya without a doubt if I ever needed a solicitor again.’
For more information on what we can do for you, please call DV Solicitors on 01234 350 244 or email Safiya Sinclair at email@example.com