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House Bill 1387

ARCHIVE (2007)

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DIGEST OF HB1387 (Updated April 12, 2007 12:06 pm - DI 84)

Animal cruelty. Specifies that the definition of "crime involving domestic or family violence" includes certain crimes involving animal cruelty used to threaten, intimidate, coerce, harass, or terrorize a family or household member. Defines certain terms used in the animal cruelty statute. Exempts: (1) destruction of or injury to a fish; and (2) destruction of an animal that is threatening or harming livestock, a domestic animal, or property from the animal cruelty statute. Permits a court to prohibit or impose conditions on the right of a person convicted of certain animal cruelty offenses to possess an animal. Specifies that animal cruelty based on abandonment or neglect may only be committed by the animal's owner, and creates a defense if the owner reasonably believed that the animal was capable of surviving on its own. Makes purchasing an animal with the intent to use the animal in an animal fighting contest a Class D felony. Requires the state veterinarian or the designee of the state veterinarian to investigate the condition of a mistreated animal if the owner is criminally charged with an offense relating to the animal's mistreatment and make a recommendation concerning the animal's confiscation. Makes killing an animal with the intent used to threaten, intimidate, coerce, harass, or terrorize a family or household member a Class D felony, and makes sexual intercourse or deviate sexual conduct with an animal a Class D felony. Requires a court to consider requiring a person who commits animal cruelty to receive counseling as part of the sentence or dispositional decree.
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