A Utah man has been charged with committing torture of a companion animal after a neighbor reported him to police.
Casey Bowmen is now facing a felony charge following his alleged violent actions against his dog. Bowmen’s neighbor called police after witnessing the man hit the dog with his closed fist at least a couple of times. The neighbor took pictures of the alleged abuse and gave those to the police to use as evidence against Bowmen.
Torture of a companion animal is a third degree felony in Utah and falls under the criminal statute of cruelty to animals. You may be guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals if you:
• Torture an animal
• Give poison to an animal
• Allow someone else to give poison to an animal
• Kill or allow someone else to kill an animal
Depending on the accused’s motivation behind the crime, he could be charged with either a misdemeanor or a third degree felony. If you intentionally or knowingly torture an animal, you will be charged with a third degree felony.
Someone found guilty of committing a third degree felony may spend as much as five years in prison. Misdemeanors vary; being guilty of a class B misdemeanor could send you to lockdown for up to six months.
Considering we don’t have both sides of the story, it would be wise to avoid making any judgments. After all, a person is presumed innocent unless found guilty in court.
If you’re charged with any Utah crime, your best move is to talk to an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney. Don’t try and go it alone in court. The law is complicated and not designed for the average person to deal with. Make the right choice and hire a top Utah criminal defense attorney today.