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§102.1.  Cruelty to animals; simple and aggravated

A.(1)  Any person who intentionally or with criminal negligence commits any of the following shall be guilty of simple cruelty to animals:

(a)  Overdrives, overloads, drives when overloaded, or overworks a living animal.

(b)  Torments, cruelly beats, or unjustifiably injures any living animal, whether belonging to himself or another.

(c)  Having charge, custody, or possession of any animal, either as owner or otherwise, unjustifiably fails to provide it with proper food, proper drink, proper shelter, or proper veterinary care.

(d)  Abandons any animal. A person shall not be considered to have abandoned an animal if he delivers to an animal control center an animal which he found running at large.

(e)  Impounds or confines or causes to be impounded or confined in a pound or other place, a living animal and fails to supply it during such confinement with proper food, proper drink, and proper shelter.

(f)  Carries, or causes to be carried, a living animal in or upon a vehicle or otherwise, in a cruel or inhumane manner.

(g)  Unjustifiably administers any poisonous or noxious drug or substance to any domestic animal or unjustifiably exposes any such drug or substance, with intent that the same shall be taken or swallowed by any domestic animal.

(h)  Injures any animal belonging to another person.

(i)  Mistreats any living animal by any act or omission whereby unnecessary or unjustifiable physical pain, suffering or death is caused to or permitted upon the animal.

(j)  Causes or procures to be done by any person any act enumerated in this Subsection.

(2)(a)  Whoever commits the crime of simple cruelty to animals shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars, or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.

(b)  Whoever commits a second or subsequent offense of simple cruelty to animals shall be fined not less than five thousand dollars nor more than twenty-five thousand dollars or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not less than one year nor more than ten years, or both.  In addition, the court shall issue an order prohibiting the defendant from owning or keeping animals for a period of time deemed appropriate by the court.

(c)  In addition to any other penalty imposed, a person who commits the crime of cruelty to animals shall be ordered to perform five eight-hour days of court-approved community service.  The community service requirement shall not be suspended.

(d)  In addition to any other penalty imposed, the court may order a psychological evaluation or anger management treatment for a first conviction of the crime of simple cruelty to animals.  For a second or subsequent offense of the crime of simple cruelty to an animal, the court shall order a psychological evaluation or anger management treatment.  Any costs associated with any evaluation or treatment ordered by the court shall be borne by the defendant.

(3)  For purposes of this Subsection, if more than one animal is subject to an act of cruel treatment by an offender, each act shall constitute a separate offense.

B.(1)  Any person who intentionally or with criminal negligence tortures, maims, or mutilates any living animal, whether belonging to himself or another, shall be guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals.

(2)  Any person who tampers with livestock at a public livestock exhibition or at a private sale shall also be guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals.

(3)  Any person who causes or procures to be done by any person any act designated in this Subsection shall also be guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals.

(4)  Any person who intentionally or with criminal negligence mistreats any living animal whether belonging to himself or another by any act or omission which causes or permits unnecessary or unjustifiable physical pain, suffering, or death to the animal shall also be guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals.

(5)  In addition to any other penalty imposed for a violation of this Subsection, the offender shall be ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation and subsequently recommended psychological treatment and shall be banned by court order from owning or keeping animals for a period of time deemed appropriate by the court.  Any costs associated with any evaluation or treatment ordered by the court shall be borne by the defendant.

(6)  Whoever commits the crime of aggravated cruelty to animals shall be fined not less than five thousand dollars nor more than twenty-five thousand dollars or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not less than one year nor more than ten years, or both.

(7)  For purposes of this Subsection, where more than one animal is tortured, maimed, mutilated, or maliciously killed1 or where more than one head of livestock is tampered with, each act comprises a separate offense.

C.  This Section shall not apply to any of the following:

(1)  The lawful hunting or trapping of wildlife as provided by law.

(2)  Herding of domestic animals.

(3)  Accepted veterinary practices.

(4)  Activities carried on for scientific or medical research governed by accepted standards.

(5)  Traditional rural Mardi Gras parades, processions, or runs involving chickens.

(6)  Nothing in this Section shall prohibit the standard transportation and agricultural processing of agriculture products as defined in R.S. 3:3602(5) and (6).

D.  Repealed by Acts 2007, No. 425, §2, eff. August 15, 2008.

Added by Acts 1982, No. 431, §1.  Acts 1983, 1st Ex.  Sess., No. 6, §1; Acts 1987, No. 336, §1; Acts 1995, No. 1165, §1; Acts 1995, No. 1246, §1, eff. June 29, 1995; Acts 1997, No. 461, §2; Acts 1997, No. 1212, §1; Acts 2006, No. 228, §1; Acts 2007, No. 425, §§1 and 2, eff. Aug. 15, 2008; Acts 2009, No. 106, §1; Acts 2009, No. 179, §1.

1As appears in enrolled bill.



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