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Is It A Crime To Hit An Animal?

Whether or not it is a crime to strike an animal depends on whether the person intended to cruelly beat or injure the animal. If the person did, then that constitutes the crime of cruelty to animals and is punishable by jail time and or fines. Other acts that qualify as cruelty to animals are torture, mutilation, killing, and the severe deprivation of food, water, and shelter.

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