SB 24/LM/CI (BR 309) - T. Buford, D. Boswell, D. Karem, G. Neal, E. Scorsone, D. Thayer
AN ACT relating to animal cruelty.
Create a new section of KRS Chapter 525 to create the crime of torture of a dog or cat as a Class D felony; amend KRS 525.130 relating to cruelty to animals in the second degree to distinguish animal torture from animal cruelty and to exempt certain practices from the definition of animal cruelty.
SB 24 - AMENDMENTS
SCS/LM/CI - Retain original provisions of the bill except replace selected references of “animal” with “dog or cat”; identify what constitutes torture of a dog or cat; provide that the first offense for torture is a Class A misdemeanor and the second and subsequent offenses are a Class D felony; provide an exemption for the killing of animals for the processing of food or other commercial purposes; retain “mutilation” and “torturing” as crimes of cruelty to animals in the second degree; amend KRS 258.245 to delete the provisions which make it unlawful for a person to injure or poison any dog with a current license tag; delete the provision that makes it unlawful for a person to place poison in a place accessible to a dog.
SFA (1, T. Buford) - Clarify, in Section 1 relating to animal torture exemptions, that any educational institution or business entity registered with the U. S. Department of Agriculture under the Animal Welfare Act is exempt; delete language requiring compliance; in amendment of KRS 525.130 relating to cruelty to animals in the second degree.
HCS/LM/CI - Retain original provisions; delete subsection (2) of KRS 258.245 which refers to placing a "dog button" as this refers to poisoning a dog, the offense for which has been moved to cruelty to animals in the second degree.
HFA (1, J. Jenkins) - Restore existing language in subsection (1)(c) of KRS 525.130, relating to cruelty to animals in the second degree, so that intentional or wanton killing of a domestic animal, dog, or cat by poisoning is cruelty to animals in the second degree unless exempted under subsection (2) or as otherwise authorized by law.
HFA (2, R. Palumbo) - Delete changes made by the HCS so as to restore the bill to its GA text.
Jan 7-introduced in Senate
Jan 10-to Judiciary (S)
Feb 7-reassigned to State and Local Government (S)
Feb 18-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute
Feb 19-2nd reading, to Rules
Feb 20-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Friday, February 21, 2003; floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
Feb 21-taken from the Consent Orders of the Day, placed in the Regular Orders of the Day; 3rd reading, passed 32-0 with Committee Substitute, floor amendment (1) ; received in House
Feb 24-to Judiciary (H)
Mar 3-posted in committee
Mar 5-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
Mar 6-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, March 7, 2003; floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
Mar 10-floor amendment (2) filed to Committee Substitute
Mar 25-3rd reading; floor amendment (2) rejected ; passed 80-5 with Committee Substitute ; received in Senate; posted for passage for concurrence in House Committee Substitute ; Senate concurred in House Committee Substitute ; passed 24-0; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor
Mar 31-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 181)