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House Bill 1115

ARCHIVE (2007)

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DIGEST OF HB 1115 (Updated April 29, 2007 1:05 pm - DI 106)

Canine issues. Provides that an owner of a dog commits a Class D infraction if the owner of the dog allows the dog to stray beyond the owner's premises, unless the dog is under the reasonable control of an individual or the dog is engaged in lawful hunting and accompanied by the owner or a custodian of the dog. Makes the offense a Class C infraction if the owner has a prior judgment for a violation, and provides that the offense does not apply to a nonaggressive dog that goes beyond the owner's premises onto agricultural or forested land. Defines coydog (a coyote- dog hybrid) and wolf hybrid, and makes it a Class B infraction if the owner of the coydog or wolf hybrid does not keep the animal in a secure enclosure or on a leash under the control of an individual. If the owner knowingly or intentionally fails to comply with the secure enclosure or leash requirements, it is: (1) a Class B misdemeanor if the wolf hybrid or coydog causes damage to livestock or personal property; (2) a Class A misdemeanor if the owner has one prior unrelated conviction for a violation of the secure enclosure or leash provision; (3) a Class D felony if the owner has more than one prior unrelated conviction for a violation of the secure enclosure or leash provision, or if the owner's failure to comply results in serious bodily injury to a person; and (4) a Class C felony if the failure to comply results in the death of a person. Permits a unit to prohibit the possession of a coydog or wolf hybrid, to impose more stringent conditions on the possession of a wolf hybrid or coy dog, and to provide an increased (civil) penalty for a violation of the secure enclosure or leash provisions.
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