2018 Maryland Code
Criminal Law
Title 10 - Crimes Against Public Health, Conduct, and Sensibilities
Subtitle 6 - Crimes Relating to Animals
§ 10-604. Abuse or neglect of animal

  • (a) Prohibited. -- A person may not:

    • (1) overdrive or overload an animal;

    • (2) deprive an animal of necessary sustenance;

    • (3) inflict unnecessary suffering or pain on an animal;

    • (4) cause, procure, or authorize an act prohibited under item (1), (2), or (3) of this subsection; or

    • (5) if the person has charge or custody of an animal, as owner or otherwise, unnecessarily fail to provide the animal with:

      • (i) nutritious food in sufficient quantity;

      • (ii) necessary veterinary care;

      • (iii) proper drink;

      • (iv) proper air;

      • (v) proper space;

      • (vi) proper shelter; or

      • (vii) proper protection from the weather.

  • (b) Penalty. --

    • (1) A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or a fine not exceeding $ 1,000 or both.

    • (2) As a condition of sentencing, the court may order a defendant convicted of violating this section to participate in and pay for psychological counseling.

    • (3) As a condition of probation, the court may prohibit a defendant from owning, possessing, or residing with an animal.

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