Animal neglect and abandonment.

Authors: Representative Terri Jo Austin

Co-authors: Representative Jack Lutz, Representative Linda Lawson


Increases the penalty for animal cruelty based on neglect or abandonment of an animal to a Level 6 felony if the neglect or abandonment results in serious bodily injury or death to the animal. Requires a court to order an individual convicted of certain animal cruelty offenses to make restitution to any person who suffered property damage, paid veterinary expenses, or incurred remediation and clean up costs as a result of the offense.