2005 Washington Revised Code RCW 16.52.207: Animal cruelty in the second degree.

    (1) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the second degree if, under circumstances not amounting to first degree animal cruelty, the person knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence inflicts unnecessary suffering or pain upon an animal.

         (2) An owner of an animal is guilty of animal cruelty in the second degree if, under circumstances not amounting to first degree animal cruelty, the owner knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence:

         (a) Fails to provide the animal with necessary shelter, rest, sanitation, space, or medical attention and the animal suffers unnecessary or unjustifiable physical pain as a result of the failure; or

         (b) Abandons the animal.

         (3) Animal cruelty in the second degree is a misdemeanor.

         (4) In any prosecution of animal cruelty in the second degree, it shall be an affirmative defense, if established by the defendant by a preponderance of the evidence, that the defendant's failure was due to economic distress beyond the defendant's control.

    [2005 c 481 § 2; 1994 c 261 § 9.]

Notes:

         Finding -- Intent -- 1994 c 261: See note following RCW 16.52.011.


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