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§ 10-604. Abuse or neglect of animal

West's Annotated Code of MarylandCriminal LawEffective: October 1, 2019

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Criminal Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 10. Crimes Against Public Health, Conduct, and Sensibilities
Subtitle 6. Crimes Relating to Animals (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2019
MD Code, Criminal Law, § 10-604
Formerly cited as MD CODE Art. 27, § 59
§ 10-604. Abuse or neglect of animal
Prohibited
(a) A person may not:
(1) overdrive or overload an animal;
(2) deprive an animal of necessary sustenance;
(3) inflict unnecessary suffering or pain on an animal;
(4) cause, procure, or authorize an act prohibited under item (1), (2), or (3) of this subsection; or
(5) if the person has charge or custody of an animal, as owner or otherwise, unnecessarily fail to provide the animal with:
(i) nutritious food in sufficient quantity;
(ii) necessary veterinary care;
(iii) proper drink;
(iv) proper air;
(v) proper space;
(vi) proper shelter; or
(vii) proper protection from the weather.
Penalty
(b)(1) A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or a fine not exceeding $1,000 or both.
(2) As a condition of sentencing, the court may order a defendant convicted of violating this section to:
(i) participate in and pay for psychological counseling; and
(ii) pay, in addition to any other fines and costs, all reasonable costs incurred in removing, housing, treating, or euthanizing an animal confiscated from the defendant.
(3) As a condition of probation, the court may prohibit a defendant from owning, possessing, or residing with an animal.

Credits

Added by Acts 2002, c. 26, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2002. Amended by Acts 2006, c. 448, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2006; Acts 2011, c. 26, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2011; Acts 2011, c. 27, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2011; Acts 2017, c. 187, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2017; Acts 2017, c. 188, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2017; Acts 2019, c. 61, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2019; Acts 2019, c. 62, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2019.
Formerly Art. 27, § 59.
MD Code, Criminal Law, § 10-604, MD CRIM LAW § 10-604
Current through all legislation from the 2022 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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