What is “Animal Cruelty” in Nevada?

Animal cruelty occurs when a person tortures or unjustifiably maims, mutilates or kills any cat or any dog or any animal kept for companionship or pleasure, whether belonging to the person or to another.

What are the penalties for Animal Cruelty?

If the act is committed in order to threaten, intimidate or terrorize another person, it is a category C felony in Nevada carrying 1 to 5 years in Nevada State Prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

If the act is committed willfully and maliciously, it is a category D felony carrying 1 to 4 years in Nevada State Prison and up to $5,000 in fines.

Otherwise, the punishment for a first time offense is a misdemeanor, and the penalties get harsher with each successive offense within a seven year period. A first time misdemeanor offense carries the following:

2 days to 6 months in Clark County Detention Center (or another county jail), and

48 to 120 hours of community service, and

$200 to $1,000 in fines, and

Restitution for all costs associated with the care and impoundment of any mistreated animal including money expended for veterinary treatment, feed and housing.

If you have been charged with animal cruelty call our firm today at 702-895-9111 for a free consultation.
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