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Yes. It is illegal to abandon a dog or cat unless you legally transfer the dog or cat to another home or animal shelter. If you do abandon your dog or cat you will be guilty of a simple misdemeanor which is punishable by a maximum jail term not to exceed 30 days and a mandatory fine of at least $50 but not more than $500.
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