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Effective - 11 Oct 2013, 2 histories, see footnote (history) bottom

  *578.012.  Until December 31, 2016 — Animal abuse — penalties. — 1.  A person is guilty of animal abuse if a person:

  (1)  Intentionally or purposely kills an animal in any manner not allowed by or expressly exempted from the provisions of sections 578.005 to 578.023 and 273.030;

  (2)  Purposely or intentionally causes injury or suffering to an animal; or

  (3)  Having ownership or custody of an animal knowingly fails to provide adequate care which results in substantial harm to the animal.

  2.  Animal abuse is a class A misdemeanor, unless the defendant has previously pled guilty to or has been found guilty of animal abuse or the suffering involved in subdivision (2) of subsection 1 of this section is the result of torture or mutilation, or both, consciously inflicted while the animal was alive, in which case it is a class D felony.


(L. 1983 S.B. 211 § 4, A.L. 1994 S.B. 545, A.L. 1996 S.B. 491, A.L. 2001 S.B. 462, A.L. 2013 S.B. 9)

*Effective 10-11-13, see § 21.250.  S.B. 9 was vetoed July 2, 2013. The veto was overridden on September 11, 2013.

*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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