- Florida, USA -
29-year-old TELVIN SMITH (pictured below), is facing seven citations for animal cruelty.
News 4 Jax reports that a Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services inspector said that SMITH left his dogs unattended and illegally tethered in the yard of his Queens Harbor home.
One of the citations states that an officer noted that a dog was “improperly tethered on the fence with no shelter, tangled and unable to reach water.”
The inspector wrote that the tethers weren’t long enough to be safe and that there was “no owner present.” It was classified as animal neglect, reported News 4 Jax.
According to Jacksonville’s ordinance: “a tether must allow an animal to move at least 10 feet in all directions, they must be able to reach shelter and have access to sufficient food and water.”
Reportedly, inspectors wrote SMITH his first violations on July 10, and when they went back six days later, nothing had changed.
Each citation comes with a $505 fine. SMITH refused to sign the tickets.
The ex-Jacksonville Jaguars’ linebacker is also accused of not registering his three animals.
SMITH has a mandatory court appearance on August 26.
On an unrelated issue, Action News Jax reports that SMITH was arrested on April 29, for unlawful sexual activity with certain minors. He was released later that day on a $50,003 bond. That case is still pending.
What I don’t get is, why the dogs were not removed immediately the first time?
Why go back after six days and subject these poor souls to more unnecessary and avoidable neglect?
This guy could not care less about the poor souls!!!
Don’t you just hate when people with money, fame, and popularity arrogantly think they can commit crimes knowing they will get away with it and avoid punishment?
And those dumb judges allow that!!!