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Alaska Cruelty to Animals Statutes


ALASKA STATUTES
TITLE 11. CRIMINAL LAW
CHAPTER 61. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER
ARTICLE 1. RIOT, DISORDERLY CONDUCT, AND RELATED OFFENSES


Sec. 11.61.140. Cruelty to animals

(a) A person commits the crime of cruelty to animals if the person
(1) knowingly inflicts severe physical pain or prolonged suffering on an animal;
(2) with criminal negligence, fails to care for an animal and, as a result, causes the death of the animal or causes severe physical pain or prolonged suffering to the animal; or
(3) kills an animal by the use of a decompression chamber.

(b) It is a defense to a prosecution under (a)(1) or (2) of this section that the conduct of the defendant
(1) conformed to accepted veterinary or animal husbandry practice;
(2) was part of scientific research governed by accepted standards;
(3) was necessarily incident to lawful hunting or trapping activities; or
(4) conformed to professionally accepted training and disciplinary methods.

(c) In this section, "animal" means a vertebrate living creature not a human being, but does not include fish.

(d) Cruelty to animals is a class A misdemeanor.

Amended in 1998.
Reviewed by AAHS in September 2001.


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