Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1223

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 35-46-3-12 .

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.





Adams, Munson




    January 10, 2002, read first time and referred to Committee on Courts and Criminal Code.







Introduced

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. -->     SECTION 1. IC 35-46-3-12 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 accused person:
        (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] IC 35-46-3-12 , as

amended by this act, applies only to crimes committed after June 30, 2002.