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Brief Description: Changing provisions relating to animal cruelty.
Sponsors: Senate Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Senators Roach, Kline, Jacobsen, Esser, Weinstein, Thibaudeau, Benson, Rasmussen, Schmidt, Carrell, Morton, Deccio, Stevens, Mulliken, McCaslin, Hargrove and Delvin).
Brief Summary of Substitute Bill
Hearing Date: 2/23/06
Staff: Yvonne Walker (786-7841).
The crime of animal cruelty in the first degree occurs when a person: (1) intentionally, inflicts substantial pain, causes physical injury, or kills an animal by causing undue suffering; or (2) with criminal negligence, starves, dehydrates, or suffocates an animal and as a result causes substantial and unjustifiable physical pain that extends for sufficient periods or death. Animal cruelty in the first degree is an unranked class C felony offense punishable by a maximum incarceration sentence of 12 months in jail. The sentence may also include community restitution, legal financial obligations, a term of community supervision, and a fine.
Summary of Bill:
The definition of animal cruelty in the first degree is expanded. The crime includes the following when a person knowingly:
The crime of animal cruelty in the first degree involving sexual conduct or contact with an
animal is classified as a seriousness level III, class C felony offense.
In addition to any other penalty for any crime involving animal cruelty in the first degree, the court may order the offender to:
The court may also order the seizure of all animals involved in the alleged violation as a
condition of bond of a person charged with a violation.
An exemption is made for anyone participating in accepted animal husbandry practices or accepted veterinary medical practices by a licensed veterinarian or certified veterinary technician.
The following terms are defined: animal, sexual conduct, sexual contact, photographs, and films.
Fiscal Note: Not requested.
Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.