Urge the San Luis Obispo County District Attorneys Office to Press Animal Criminal Charges for Cruelty to Animals
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On Friday, February 28, 2014, I witnessed Jean B. Jaureguy Livestock Sheep & Cattle violating California Penal Code 597- cruelty to animals and California Penal Code 597a-transporting animals in a cruel manner. He threw and piled dead sheep on top of live sheep and hauled them away in his stock trailer. I am requesting that the SLO County Board of Supervisors take up this issue, as the sheriff’s department and district attorney refused, and continue to refuse, to treat this as an emergency situation. It is important to uphold the integrity of the San Luis Obispo community as one which does not support animal cruelty within the ranching and livestock industry. Animal abuse, cruelty and neglect should be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Reference Video Shot by Heritage Ranch Home Owner on Heritage Ranch Land.
California Penal Code: Animal Welfare Provisions
§597. Cruelty to animals.
(a) Except as provided in subdivision (c) of this section or Section 599c, every person who maliciously and intentionally maims, mutilates, tortures or wounds a living animal or maliciously and intentionally kills an animal, is guilty of an offence punishable by imprisonment in the state prison or by a fine of not more than twenty thousand dollars ($20,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment, or, alternatively, by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than twenty thousand dollars ($20,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment.
(b) Except as otherwise provided in subdivision (a) or (c), every person who overdrives, overloads, drives when overloaded, overworks, tortures, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance, drink, or shelter, cruelly beats, mutilates, or cruelly kills any animal, or causes or procures any animal to be so overdriven, overloaded, driven when overloaded, overworked, tortured, tormented, deprived of necessary sustenance, drink, or shelter, or to be cruelly beaten, mutilated, or cruelly killed; and whoever, having the charge or custody of any animal, either as owner or otherwise, subjects any animal to needless suffering, or inflicts unnecessary cruelty upon the animal, or in any manner abuses any animal, or fails to provide the animal with proper food, drink, or shelter or protection from the weather, or who drives, rides, or otherwise uses the animal when unfit for labor, is for every such offence, guilty of a crime punishable as a misdemeanor or as a felony or alternatively punishable as a misdemeanor or a felony and by a fine of not more than twenty thousand dollars ($20,000).
§597a. Transporting animals in a cruel manner.
Whoever carries or causes to be carried in or upon any vehicle or otherwise any domestic animal in a cruel or inhumane manner, or knowingly and willfully authorizes or permits it to be subjected to unnecessary torture, suffering, or cruelty of any kind, is guilty of a misdemeanor; and whenever any such person is taken into custody therefore by any officer, such officer must take charge of such vehicle and its contents, together with the horse or team attached to such vehicle, and deposit the same in some place of custody; and any necessary expense incurred for taking care of and keeping the same, is a lien thereon, to be paid before same can be lawfully recovered; if any such expense, or any part thereof, remains unpaid, it may be recovered, by the person incurring the same, of the owner of such domestic animal, in an action therefore.
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