A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO MAKE IT UNLAWFUL TO CONFINE ANIMALS IN MOTOR VEHICLES UNDER CIRCUMSTANCES THAT THREATEN THE ANIMALS' HEALTH.
Enacts new GS 14-362.4 making it illegal to confine an animal in a motor vehicle under conditions that are likely to cause suffering, injury, or death. Makes violations a Class 2 misdemeanor if the animal does not suffer serious injury or death and a Class 1 misdemeanor if the animal suffers serious injury or dies. Subsequent violations, regardless of the injury to the animal, are Class 1 misdemeanors. Allows specified classes of individuals who have probable cause to believe that the statute is being violated to enter a motor vehicle by any reasonable means after making a reasonable effort to locate the animal's owner or other responsible person. Applies to offenses committed on or after December 1, 2013.
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