A biotech firm in California is being forced to pay a $3.5 million fine after the U.S. Department of Agriculture accused them of mistreating animals that they used for research. Santa Cruz Biotechnology has additionally lost its ability to import, buy or trade animals.
This California case is a high-profile one. However, charges of animal abuse are common in both California and Nevada. One of the main animal abuse statues in Nevada is NRS 574.100. This is the law against abandoning, injuring, overdriving or torturing animals, and it covers a broad range of mistreatment.
For example, it is against the law in Nevada to beat or unjustifiably injure an animal. Similarly, an animal cannot be neglected, nor can vital sustenance and water be withheld. How a case of animal abuse is charged mainly hinges on the state of mind of the accused individual. If the abusive act is committed with the intention of intimidating or terrorizing a person, then it may be considered a class C felony. The act may be a class D felony if it committed willfully and maliciously. Accordingly, the defendant may be looking at five years in prison and as much as $10,000 in fines.
If you are facing Las Vegas animal abuse charges, contact the Potter Law Offices today.