2018 Maryland Code
Criminal Law
Title 10 - Crimes Against Public Health, Conduct, and Sensibilities
Subtitle 6 - Crimes Relating to Animals
§ 10-601. Definitions

  • (a) In general. -- In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.

    • ** REVISOR'S NOTE This subsection is new language added as the standard introductory language to a definition section.
  • (b) Animal. -- "Animal" means a living creature except a human being.** REVISOR'S NOTE This subsection is new language derived without substantive change from former Art. 27, § 62, as it defined "animal".

  • (c) Cruelty. --

    • (1) "Cruelty" means the unnecessary or unjustifiable physical pain or suffering caused or allowed by an act, omission, or neglect.

    • (2) "Cruelty" includes torture and torment.** REVISOR'S NOTE This subsection is new language derived without substantive change from former Art. 27, § 62, as it defined "cruelty".

  • (d) Humane society. -- "Humane society" means a society or association incorporated in Maryland for the prevention of cruelty to animals.** REVISOR'S NOTE This subsection is new language derived without substantive change from former Art. 27, §§ 60B and 63, as they related to humane societies.

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