ATTACK ON ASSISTANCE ANIMAL AND DOG FIGTING

A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly attacks, injures, or kills an assistance animal. 

A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly incites or permits an animal owned by or otherwise in the custody of the actor to attack, injure, or kill an assistance animal and, as a result of the person’s conduct, the assistance animal is attacked, injured, or killed. 

An offense under this section is a: 

–  Class A misdemeanor if the actor or an animal owned by or otherwise in the custody of the actor attacks an assistance animal; 

–  state jail felony if the actor or an animal owned by or otherwise in the custody of the actor injures an assistance animal; or felony of the third degree if the actor or an animal owned by or otherwise in the custody of the actor kills an assistance animal. 

A court shall order a defendant convicted of an offense to make restitution to the owner of the assistance animal for: related veterinary or medical bills; the cost of: replacing the assistance animal;  or retraining an injured assistance animal by an organization generally recognized by agencies involved in the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities as reputable and competent to provide special equipment for or special training to an animal to help a person with a disability;  and any other expense reasonably incurred as a result of the offense. 

DOG FIGHTING 

A person commits an offense if the person intentionally or knowingly: causes a dog to fight with another dog; participates in the earnings of or operates a facility used for dog fighting; uses or permits another to use any real estate, building, room, tent, arena, or other property for dog fighting; owns or possesses dog-fighting equipment with the intent that the equipment be used to train a dog for dog fighting or in furtherance of dog fighting; owns or trains a dog with the intent that the dog be used in an exhibition of dog fighting; or attends as a spectator an exhibition of dog fighting. 

“Dog fighting” means any situation in which one dog attacks or fights with another dog. 

“Dog-fighting equipment” has the meaning: 

– equipment used for training or handling a fighting dog, including a harness, treadmill, cage, decoy, pen, house for keeping a fighting dog, feeding apparatus, or training pen; 

– equipment used for transporting a fighting dog, including any automobile, or other vehicle, and its appurtenances which are intended to be used as a vehicle for transporting a fighting dog; 

– equipment used to promote or advertise an exhibition of dog fighting, including a printing press or similar equipment, paper, ink, or photography equipment; or 

– a dog trained, being trained, or intended to be used to fight with another dog; 

A conviction may be had upon the uncorroborated testimony of a party to the offense. 

It is a defense to prosecution that the actor caused a dog to fight with another dog to protect livestock, other property, or a person from the other dog, and for no other purpose. 

An offense is a Class A misdemeanor or a state jail felony. 

As always, the best option is to contact Atlas Bail and go over available info and all the details. With our experience, knowledge, and great customer service, we can have your loved ones back to you as soon as the law will allow us. From the moment you show up in our office we understand your need for guidance and help. The fact that a person is in jail is only the beginning of the process. Selecting AAA Atlas Bail is an important first step. With years of experience in our office, we most definitely will have the right answer for you. 

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