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Animal Ban For Cruelty To Animals Conviction

Concerning a prohibition on future ownership of an animal for persons convicted of animal cruelty.
2019 Regular Session
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

Animal cruelty - mental health treatment - order preventing pet ownership. The act allows a court to impose a mental health treatment program or appropriate treatment program as a sentence for animal cruelty. The act requires a court to enter an order prohibiting a person convicted of felony animal cruelty from owning a pet animal for a period of 3 to 5 years and a juvenile adjudicated a delinquent for an animal cruelty crime from owning a pet animal, unless the defendant or juvenile's treatment provider makes a specific recommendation not to impose the ban and the court agrees with the recommendation.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details