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Senate Bill 0238


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Senate Bill 0238

ARCHIVE (2009)

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DIGEST OF SB238 (Updated April 7, 2009 3:45 pm - DI 84)

Crimes against animals. Authorizes the court, as a condition of bail or parole, or the parole board, as a condition of parole, to prohibit a person from owning, harboring, or training an animal, and, if the person is prohibited from having direct or indirect contact with an individual, from having direct or indirect contact with any animal belonging to the individual. Provides that a veterinarian or registered veterinary technician may report a suspected incident of animal cruelty under the law concerning offenses relating to animals to a law enforcement officer. Provides that a person neglects an animal for purposes of the animal cruelty statute if the person restrains the animal in a manner that causes the animal to suffer: (1) serious permanent disfigurement; (2) serious temporary disfigurement; (3) permanent or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily part or organ; or (4) a fracture. Provides that a person neglects an animal if the person fails to provide reasonable medical care for an animal's injury or illness. Broadens the definition of torturing an animal by administering poison by applying the definition to all vertebrate animals. (Current law applies only to dogs or cats.) Makes abandoning or neglecting an animal a Class A misdemeanor, and enhances the penalty to a Class D felony if the person has a prior conviction. Makes it killing a domestic animal, a Class D felony, for a person to knowingly or intentionally kill a domestic animal without the consent of the owner of the domestic animal.
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     In Conference Committee
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