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HB 409/LM/CI (BR 251) - W. Coursey, J. Tilley, J. Jenkins, M. Marzian
AN ACT relating to dogs and cats.
Amend KRS 525.130 and 525.135 to add sexual assault as an act of cruelty to animals; amend KRS 525.135 to add an intentional or wanton failure to provide minimum care which results in a serious physical injury to the elements of torture of a dog or cat and, upon conviction; forfeit ownership of all dogs and cats for three years; create a new section of Chapter 525 to punish wanton or reckless neglect of dogs and cats; amend KRS 500.090 to exempt forfeited dogs and cats from worthless property; amend 321.185 to allow veterinarians to report reasonable suspicion of dog and cat neglect or torture without client relationship; allow animal control officers to take physical custody of an animal if there is probable cause or the officer has a warrant finding probable cause to believe that the animal is in imminent danger of serious physical injury; require the animal control officer to file a petition of facts with the District Court 48 hours after taking custody of the animal and request action by that same court; allow the animal to be humanely destroyed if a licensed veterinarian deems the animal to be severely injured or diseased; require the District Court to place the petition on the docket and issue a summons for the owner or person caring for the impounded animal; require the court to determine physical custody of the animal pending a final decision of the court on the question of animal cruelty or torture; provide a method for the owner to be noticed of animal's custody if the court could not determine the animal's ownership; require the owner to relinquish ownership after court order or post a surety bond for the care of the animal pending final disposition of the case; allow the court to waive bond if the owner is found indigent; allow the court to order the animal humanely destroyed upon written assessment by a licensed veterinarian; allow agent caring for the impounded animal to draw on the bond for care expenses and provide method for return of unused portion of bond.
Feb 19-introduced in House
Feb 20-to Judiciary (H)