How Is Cruelty To Animals Defined?

In addition to abandonment and neglect, anyone who tortures, beats, or mutilates an animal resulting in serious injury or death, or kills an animal without the authority of the owner, commits cruelty to an animal, a class A misdemeanor.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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