animal cruelty

“Can you go to jail for murdering a cat?”

Yes.  If you kill an animal you can be charged under Florida Statute 828.12.(2). Under this statute it states:

“A person who intentionally commits an act to any animal which results in the cruel death, or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering, or causes the same to be done, is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or by a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.”

Tamarcus Lamont Harper has been charged under this statute for his alleged actions on June 26, 2011. According to the Gainesville Police Department, Mr. Harper kicked his ex-girlfriend's 8-week old kitten and killed it.

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