HB 1273 - Cruelty to animals; felony provisions

Georgia House of Representatives - 1995/1996 Sessions

HB 1273 - Cruelty to animals; felony provisions

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Code Sections - 16-12-4
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House Comm: SJudy / Senate Comm: / House Vote: Yeas Nays Senate Vote: Yeas Nays ---------------------------------------- House Action Senate ---------------------------------------- 1/12/96 Read 1st Time 1/22/96 Read 2nd Time 2/1/96 Favorably Reported Sub Committee Amend/Sub ---------------------------------------- Code Sections amended: 16-12-4
HB 1273 LC 10 1606S The House Committee on Special Judiciary offers the following substitute to HB 1273: A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT 1- 1 To amend Code Section 16-12-4 of the Official Code of 1- 2 Georgia Annotated, relating to the offense of cruelty to 1- 3 animals, so as to change the provisions relating to the 1- 4 crime of cruelty to animals; to provide that certain actions 1- 5 involving cruelty to a domesticated dog or cat constitutes 1- 6 a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature; to change the 1- 7 penalty provisions applicable to the offense of cruelty to 1- 8 animals; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. 1- 9 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. 1-10 Code Section 16-12-4 of the Official Code of Georgia 1-11 Annotated, relating to the offense of cruelty to animals, is 1-12 amended by striking subsections (a) and (b) in their 1-13 entirety and inserting in lieu thereof new subsections (a) 1-14 and (b) to read as follows: 1-15 "16-12-4. (Index) 1-16 (a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this Code 1-17 section, a A person is guilty of a misdemeanor of cruelty 1-18 to animals in the second degree when his or her act, 1-19 omission, or neglect causes unjustifiable physical pain, 1-20 suffering, or death to any living animal. 1-21 (b) A person is guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and 1-22 aggravated nature of cruelty to animals in the first 1-23 degree upon a second or subsequent violation of subsection 1-24 (a) of this Code section and, upon conviction, may be 1-25 punished by imprisonment not to exceed 12 months or a fine 1-26 not to exceed $5,000.00 or both if he or she intentionally 1-27 and without justification tortures, maims, or kills any 1-28 domesticated dog or cat." SECTION 2. 1-29 All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are 1-30 repealed. -1- (Index)

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