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I own a professional pet boarding facility and feel I have an animal that has been abandoned by its owner. We are unable to get a response and went to her home which is empty. I understand Florida abandonment laws and what I can legally do but can the owner get charged with abandonment and what would those charges be...i.e. misdemeanor??? What could the punishment be, fines, imprisonment. I would like this information so when I send the final notice I can include such language in the ho[pes of her coming and getting her pet

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It is animal cruelty and it is a misdemeanor punished by up to 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $5000. Is it prosecuted, it depends on the city/county, but in most areas of FL it is indeed prosecuted and the average penalty is probation and a fine of about $2000 in most normal cases. It is cruelty to animals under FS 828.12

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