TITLE 14. CRIMINAL LAW
CHAPTER 1. CRIMINAL CODE
VI. OFFENSES AFFECTING THE PUBLIC GENERALLY
SUBPART B. OFFENSES AFFECTING
THE PUBLIC SENSIBILITY
102.1. Cruelty to animals; simple and aggravated
(1) Any person who intentionally or with criminal negligence commits any of the
following shall be guilty of simple cruelty to animals:
Overdrives, overloads, drives when overloaded, or overworks a living animal.
Torments, cruelly beats, or unjustifiably injures any living animal, whether belonging
to himself or another.
Having charge, custody, or possession of any animal, either as owner or otherwise,
unjustifiably fails to provide it with proper food, proper drink, [FN1] proper
shelter, or proper veterinary care.
Abandons any animal. A person shall not be considered to have abandoned an animal
if he delivers to an animal control center an animal which he found running at
Impounds or confines or causes to be impounded or confined in a pound or other
place, a living animal and fails to supply it during such confinement with proper
food, proper drink, [FN1] and proper shelter.
Carries, or causes to be carried, a living animal in or upon a vehicle or otherwise,
in a cruel or inhumane manner.
Unjustifiably administers any poisonous or noxious drug or substance to any domestic
animal or unjustifiably exposes any such drug or substance, with intent that the
same shall be taken or swallowed by any domestic animal.
Injures any animal belonging to another person without legal privilege or consent
of the owner.
Mistreats any living animal by any act or omission whereby unnecessary or unjustifiable
physical pain, suffering, or death is caused to or permitted upon the animal.
Causes or procures to be done by any person any act enumerated in this Subsection.
Whoever commits the crime of simple cruelty to animals shall be fined not more
than one thousand dollars, or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.
In addition to any other penalty imposed, a person who commits the crime of cruelty
to animals shall be ordered to perform five eight-hour days of court-approved
community service. The community service requirement shall not be suspended.
(1) Any person who intentionally or with criminal negligence tortures, maims,
mutilates, or maliciously kills any living animal, whether belonging to himself
or another, shall be guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals.
Any person who causes or procures to be done by any person any act designated
in this Subsection shall also be guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals.
Whoever commits the crime of aggravated cruelty to animals shall be fined not
less than one thousand dollars nor more than twenty-five thousand dollars or imprisoned,
with or without hard labor, for not less than one year nor more than ten years,
purposes of this Subsection, where more than one animal is tortured, maimed, mutilated,
or maliciously killed, each act comprises a separate offense.
This Section shall not apply to the lawful hunting or trapping of wildlife as
provided by law, herding of domestic animals, accepted veterinary practices, and
activities carried on for scientific or medical research governed by accepted
For purposes of this Section, fowl shall not be defined as animals. Only the
following birds shall be identified as animals for purposes of this Section:
Order Psittaciformes-parrots, parakeets, lovebirds, macaws, cockatiels or cockatoos.
Order Passeriformes-canaries, starlings, sparrows, flycatchers, mynah or myna.
[FN1] In subpar.
A(1)(c), "proper drink" is as it appears in the enrolled
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