§ 10-621. Import, offer for sale, trade, barter, possess, breed, or exchange certain live anima...
West's Annotated Code of MarylandCriminal LawEffective: July 1, 2014
Effective: July 1, 2014
MD Code, Criminal Law, § 10-621
Formerly cited as MD CODE Art. 27, § 70D
§ 10-621. Import, offer for sale, trade, barter, possess, breed, or exchange certain live animals prohibited
(a)(1) Except as provided in subsection (b)(2) of this section, this section does not apply to:
(i) a research facility or federal research facility licensed under the federal Animal Welfare Act;1
(2)(i) This section does not prohibit a person who had lawful possession of an animal specified in subsection (b) of this section on or before May 31, 2006, from continuing to possess that animal if the person provides written notification to the local animal control authority on or before August 1, 2006.
(b)(1) A person may not import into the State, offer for sale, trade, barter, possess, breed, or exchange a live:
(ii) Except as provided in subparagraph (iii) of this paragraph, the holder of a Class C Exhibitor's License under the Animal Welfare Act, 7 U.S.C. § 2131 et seq., may not possess a nonhuman primate, bear, lion, tiger, leopard, clouded leopard, snow leopard, jaguar, cheetah, or cougar or a hybrid of one of these animals that was not owned by the holder of the license on June 30, 2014.
(c)(1) A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to:
(d)(1) An animal specified in subsection (b) of this section may be immediately seized if:
(8)(i) If there is no request for a hearing within 10 days of the notice or if the court orders a permanent and final disposition of the animal, the local animal control authority shall take steps to find long-term placement of the animal with another appropriate facility that is equipped for the continued care of the particular species of the animal.
(e) This section does not limit a county or municipality from enacting laws or adopting regulations that are more restrictive pertaining to any potentially dangerous animals, including those specified in subsection (b) of this section.
(f) If the owner of an animal specified in subsection (b) of this section dies without making arrangements for the transfer of custody of the animal to another person, the animal may be turned over to one of the organizations specified in subsection (a)(1) of this section or euthanized if no suitable location can be found in a reasonable amount of time.
Added by Acts 2002, c. 26, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2002. Amended by Acts 2006, c. 468, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2006; Acts 2014, c. 198, § 1, eff. July 1, 2014; Acts 2014, c. 199, § 1, eff. July 1, 2014.
Formerly Art. 27, § 70D.
Pub.L. 89-544, Aug. 24, 1966, 80 Stat. 350, codified at 7 U.S.C.A. § 2131 et seq.
MD Code, Criminal Law, § 10-621, MD CRIM LAW § 10-621
Current with legislation effective through July 1, 2023, from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
|End of Document|