Florida Man Loses Bid To Invoke “Stand Your Ground” Law In Animal Cruelty Charge Over Killing Of Iguana

CNN reports:

A Florida man accused of killing an iguana last year wanted a charge of animal cruelty dismissed on the basis of the state’s “stand your ground” law. A judge has denied his motion.

PJ Nilaja Patterson was arrested after allegedly beating, dragging and kicking a 3-foot iguana in Lake Worth, Florida, on September 2, 2020, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The animal died as Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control was transporting it to be euthanized, according to the affidavit. Patterson’s attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the charge, but Judge Jeffrey Gillen denied the motion on Friday.

Read the full article. Iguanas are considered an invasive species and may be humanely killed under Florida law. According to the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission, they can grow to over five feet in length.