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< > Effective - 28 Aug 2001, 2 histories, see footnote (history) bottom

  *578.029.  Until December 31, 2016 — Knowingly releasing an animal, crime of — penalty. — 1.  A person commits the crime of knowingly releasing an animal if that person, acting without the consent of the owner or custodian of an animal, intentionally releases any animal that is lawfully confined for the purpose of companionship or protection of persons or property or for recreation, exhibition or educational purposes.

  2.  As used in this section "animal" means every living creature, domesticated or wild, but not including Homo sapiens.

  3.  The provisions of this section shall not apply to a public servant acting in the course of such servant's official duties.

  4.  Intentionally releasing an animal is a class B misdemeanor except that the second or any subsequent offense is a class D felony.


(L. 2001 S.B. 462)

*This section was amended by S.B. 491, 2014, effective 1-01-17.  Due to the delayed effective date, both versions of this section are printed here.

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