San Diego, CA asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for California

Q: Is she able to be sued and or prosecuted for animal cruelty?

My friend’s kitten escaped and ran to the neighbors house, and the neighbor intentionally put it in a pen with three dogs who of course attacked it. My friend tried to get there in time, but the kitten died at the vet.

2 Lawyer Answers
Manuel Alzamora Juarez
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Manuel Alzamora Juarez
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  • Berkeley, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: What a horrible situation. Notify the police and animal control. The rest is up to the D.A. Very sorry for your loss.

William John Light
William John Light
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  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Yes, to both. Notify Animal Control and the local police/Sheriff's Dept. The value of any suit is limited to the property value of the kitten, so that is likely a Small Claims matter.

Gerald Barry Dorfman agrees with this answer

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