2018 Maryland Code
Criminal Law
Title 10 - Crimes Against Public Health, Conduct, and Sensibilities
Subtitle 6 - Crimes Relating to Animals
§ 10-606. Aggravated cruelty to animals -- In general

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

    • (1) intentionally:

      • (i) mutilate;

      • (ii) torture;

      • (iii) cruelly beat; or

      • (iv) cruelly kill an animal;

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

    • (3) except in the case of self-defense, intentionally inflict bodily harm, permanent disability, or death on an animal owned or used by a law enforcement unit.

  • (b) Penalty. --

    • (1) A person who violates this section is guilty of the felony of aggravated cruelty to animals and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 3 years or a fine not exceeding $ 5,000 or both.

    • (2) As a condition of sentencing, the court may:

      • (i) order a defendant convicted of violating this section to participate in and pay for psychological counseling; and

      • (ii) prohibit a defendant from owning, possessing, or residing with an animal for a specified period of time.

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