Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Houston Man Forfeits More Than 1000 Animals Seized from His Property

There is certainly nothing wrong with being an animal lover. Pets can bring great joy to people and are often considered members of the family. Every school kid loves taking a field trip to the zoo to admire the majestic lion and the tall giraffes. However, it is important to draw a line when determining the number of animals that you are going to bring into your home, even if you do so with the best of intentions. I would argue that 1000 animals is going a bit beyond the number of creatures for which you can care effectively. Today, a judge in Houston agreed with that assessment.

Joselito Rivera Boado had 1009 animals seized from his property last week by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Today Boado agreed to forfeit all but two dogs to the agency, with those two animals going to his ex-wife once given a clean bill of health and spayed and neutered. Mr. Boado also will be turning over his home in northwest Houston in order to pay for the medical and boarding costs of all the animals.

Mr. Boado still may face criminal charges for the condition of the animals on his property, although charges have not been filed at this time.

There is nothing wrong with bringing Fluffy or Spot into your home and then showering your new pet with love. I advise against increasing the number of animals at your home until the population of cats and dogs equals that of a small town. If you do, however, find yourself facing criminal charges for your negligent animal ownership, the criminal defense attorneys at Bertolino LLP can help. Please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office today.

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