Report Title:

Offenses Against Public Order; Pet Animal; Cruelty to Animals

 

Description:

Adds equine animals as protected under the law pertaining to offenses relating to cruelty to animals. (SD1)

 


THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

2895

TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE, 2008

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Section 711-1108.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"[[]711-1108.5[]] Cruelty to animals in the first degree. (1) A person commits the offense of cruelty to animals in the first degree if the person intentionally or knowingly tortures, mutilates, or poisons or causes the torture, mutilation, or poisoning of any pet animal or equine animal resulting in serious bodily injury or death of the pet animal[.] or equine animal.

(2) Subsection (1) shall not apply to:

(a) Accepted veterinary practices;

(b) Activities carried on for scientific research governed by standards of accepted educational or medicinal practices; or

(c) Cropping or docking as customarily practiced.

(3) Whenever any pet animal is so severely injured that there is no reasonable probability that its life can be saved, the pet animal may be immediately destroyed without creating any offense under this section.

(4) Cruelty to animals in the first degree is a class C felony."

SECTION 2. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.