House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes. Amends proposed GS 14-362.4 to make it unlawful to willfully confine an animal (was, unlawful to confine an animal) in a vehicle under conditions that threaten the animal's life. Also removes lack of food or water from the list of endangering conditions. Adds that the section is not to be construed to apply to the transportation of horses, cattle, sheep, swine, poultry, or other livestock.
Bill H 612 (2013-2014)Summary date: May 9 2013 - More information
Bill H 612 (2013-2014)Summary date: Apr 8 2013 - More information
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.