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Bill Number: 3752 Ratification Number: 577 Act Number 512 Introducing Body: House Subject: Teasing, maltreating, injuring police dogs prohibited
(A512, R577, H3752)
AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 3, TITLE 47, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF DOGS AND OTHER DOMESTIC PETS, BY ADDING ARTICLE 11 SO AS TO MAKE IT UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO WILLFULLY AND MALICIOUSLY TAUNT, TEASE, PHYSICALLY ABUSE, INTERFERE OR MEDDLE WITH, OR TO INJURE OR KILL A DOG USED BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPARTMENT OR AGENCY IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THE FUNCTIONS OR DUTIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OR AGENCY OR WHEN PLACED IN A KENNEL OFF DUTY, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Teasing, maltreating, injuring police dogs prohibited
SECTION 1. Chapter 3, Title 47 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
Teasing, Maltreating, and Injuring Police Dogs Prohibited
Section 47-3-610. It is unlawful for a person to wilfully and maliciously taunt, torment, tease, beat, strike, or administer or subject any desensitizing drug, chemical, or substance to a dog used by a law enforcement department or agency in the performance of the functions or duties of the department or agency or when placed in a kennel off duty; or to interfere or meddle with a dog used by a law enforcement department or agency in the performance of the functions or duties of the department or agency.
Section 47-3-620. It is unlawful for a person to wilfully or maliciously torture, mutilate, injure, disable, poison, or kill a dog used by a law enforcement department or agency in the performance of the functions or duties of the department or when placed in a kennel off duty. However, a police officer or veterinarian may perform euthanasia in emergency situations when delay would cause the dog undue suffering and pain.
Section 47-3-630. A person who violates any of the provisions of this article is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined no less than five hundred dollars and no more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned for no less than thirty days or no more than six months, or both."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.