Animal neglect and cruelty charges in Massachusetts are broad and subjective, with no misdemeanor option available. A felony charge can have serious consequences, including loss of liberty and ability to work with pets. Attorney Teper defends responsible pet owners and expects responsible enforcement of the law, with clear guidelines in place. Despite being grateful for statutory protections, he has seen cases where well-intentioned pet owners were unfairly targeted by irresponsible enforcers.
Attorney Teper entered this field to advocate for animals and give them a voice. He has personally experienced true horrors and set out to make a difference. This means his commitment to his mission and his principles are unwavering, as he refuses to represent individuals accused of physically abusing or harming animals. However, he is willing to provide legal representation to those who have a history of being responsible pet owners or working in the pet industry but possibly have made a mistake or have been wrongfully charged. This could include instances such as overfeeding or under-exercising a dog, momentarily leaving a pet in a car (NOT leaving them while you go Christmas shopping or leaving them in the car in the middle of summer with the windows up), or neglecting to groom them as often as you should; yes those complaints do occur. In all cases, Dog Lawyers strive for the authorities, whether it be the police, animal control, or any other government entity, to make the correct decision through proper procedures. It is crucial that standards exist and are effectively enforced.
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