HOUSE BILL No. 1223
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Synopsis: Cruelty to an animal. Makes committing cruelty to an
animal a Class D felony instead of a Class A misdemeanor. Makes the
offense a Class C felony instead of a Class D felony if the person who
commits the offense has a previous, unrelated conviction for
committing cruelty to an animal.
Effective: July 1, 2002.
January 10, 2002, read first time and referred to Committee on Courts and Criminal Code.
Second Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2002)
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HOUSE BILL No. 1223
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
criminal law and procedure.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 35-46-3-12; (02)IN1223.1.1. -->
IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2002]: Sec. 12. (a) A person who
knowingly or intentionally tortures, beats, or mutilates a vertebrate
animal commits cruelty to an animal, a
Class A misdemeanor. Class D
felony. However, the offense is a Class D Class C felony if the person
has a previous, unrelated conviction under this section.
(b) It is a defense to a prosecution under this section that the
(1) reasonably believes the conduct was necessary to:
(A) prevent injury to the accused person or another person;
(B) protect the property of the accused person from destruction
or substantial damage; or
(C) prevent a seriously injured vertebrate animal from
prolonged suffering; or
(2) engaged in a reasonable and recognized act of training,
handling, or disciplining the vertebrate animal.
SOURCE: ; (02)IN1223.1.2. -->
SECTION 2. [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2002]
amended by this act, applies only to crimes committed after June