2013 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 4 - Animals


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<html> <head> <STYLE type="text/css"> body {padding-left:90pt;width:612pt} p {margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt} .cls0 {font-size:12pt;font-family:'Courier New', monospace;} .cls4 {margin-left:100pt;} .cls5 {margin-left:136pt;} .cls9 {margin-left:172pt;} .cls7 {margin-left:208pt;} .cls8 {margin-left:64pt;} .cls3 {margin-left:90pt;} .cls2 {margin-left:94pt;} .cls6 {text-align:center;} .cls1 {text-align:justify;} </STYLE> <title>&sect;4-1</title> </head> <body> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-1. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-2. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-11. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-12. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-13. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-14. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-15. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-21. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-22. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-23. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-24. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-25. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-29.1. Repealed by Laws 1951, p. 91, &sect; 608.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-29.2. Repealed by Laws 1951, p. 91, &sect; 608.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-29.3. Repealed by Laws 1951, p. 91, &sect; 608.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-30.1. Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act" and shall be administered by the State Board of Agriculture.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2012, c. 302, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 2012. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 289, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-30.2. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Adult animal" means an intact female animal twelve (12) months of age or older;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Animal" means a dog or a cat;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Animal shelter" means any nongovernmental facility that maintains ten or more dogs and cats operated by or under contract for the state, a county, a municipal corporation, or any other political subdivision of the state for the purpose of impounding or harboring seized, stray, homeless, abandoned or unwanted dogs or cats; and any facility that maintains ten or more dogs and cats operated, owned, or maintained by any person or organization for such purpose, but not including any facility that does not house or harbor dogs or cats on the premises and only operates through a system of fostering in private homes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. "Animal shelter operator" means any individual, entity, association, trust, or corporation that operates a nongovernmental facility that maintains ten or more dogs and cats for the purpose of impounding or harboring seized, stray, homeless, abandoned or unwanted dogs or cats, but not including any facility that does not house or harbor dogs or cats on the premises and only operates through a system of fostering in private homes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. "Board" means the State Board of Agriculture;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. "Cat" means a mammal that is wholly or partly of the species Felis domesticus;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. "Commercial breeder" and "commercial pet breeder" mean any individual, entity, association, trust, or corporation who possesses eleven or more intact female animals for the use of breeding or dealing in animals for direct or indirect sale or for exchange in return for consideration;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. "Commercial pet breeder license" means a license issued to any person that qualifies and is licensed as a commercial pet breeder;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. "Animal shelter license" means a license issued to any applicant that qualifies and is licensed as an animal shelter operator;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. "Department" means the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. "Dog" means a mammal that is wholly or partly of the species Canis familiaris;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. "Facility" means the premises used by one or more animal shelter operators or commercial breeders. The term includes all buildings, property, and confinement areas in a single location used to conduct the animal shelter or commercial breeding business;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. "Family member" means the parent, spouse, child, or sibling of an individual;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. "Humane society" means a nonprofit organization exempt from federal income taxation as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3), Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, that has as a principal purpose the prevention of animal cruelty or the sheltering of, caring for, and providing of homes for lost, stray, and abandoned animals;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">15. "Inspector" means an authorized agent of the Board or any other qualified person authorized by the Department to conduct inspections;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">16. "Intact female animal" means a female animal, nine (9) months of age or older, and not spayed;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">17. "Kitten" means a cat less than twelve (12) months old;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">18. "Local animal control authority" means a municipal or county animal control office with authority over the premises in which an animal is kept or, in an area that does not have an animal control office, the county sheriff;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">19. "Marketing" means the solicitation for sale of animals;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">20. "Noncommercial breeder" means any individual, entity, association, trust, or corporation who possesses ten or fewer intact female animals for the use of breeding or dealing in animals for direct or indirect sale or for exchange in return for consideration;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">21. "Person" means any individual, association, trust, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or other entity;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">22. "Pet" means a dog or cat, including a puppy or kitten;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">23. "Possess" means to have custody of or control over;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">24. "Puppy" means a dog less than twelve (12) months old; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">25. "Veterinarian" means a person currently licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2012, c. 302, &sect; 2, eff. July 1, 2012. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 289, &sect; 2.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-30.3. Enforcement of act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The State Board of Agriculture shall enforce and administer the provisions of the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Board shall adopt the rules necessary to enforce and administer the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act, including but not limited to rules that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Establish standards for care;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Establish reasonable and necessary fees;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Establish exemptions for intact female animals held solely for the purpose of training and that are not bred, with documentation to include sales and training records;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Establish provisions related to initial and renewal applications, revocation or nonrenewal of licenses, procedures for sale of animals, and procedures for making complaints; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Establish any other rules deemed necessary by the Board.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2012, c. 302, &sect; 3, eff. July 1, 2012. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 289, &sect; 3.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-30.4. Licensure.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. A person shall not act, offer to act, or hold himself or herself out as a commercial pet breeder or operate an animal shelter in this state unless the person holds a license obtained pursuant to the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act for each facility that the person owns or operates in this state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. It shall be unlawful for any person to act as a commercial pet breeder licensee, or operate as an animal shelter licensee, or to hold himself or herself out as such, unless the person shall have been licensed to do so under the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. An applicant for an animal shelter or commercial pet breeder license shall meet the criteria established by the State Board of Agriculture through rules promulgated pursuant to the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Any animal shelter operator or commercial pet breeder that applies for an animal shelter or commercial pet breeder license no later than September 1, 2013, shall not be required to meet any cage-size requirement more stringent than United States Department of Agriculture standards. Regardless of license application date, any animal shelter operator or commercial pet breeder replacing or adding cages after September 1, 2013, shall meet the cage-size requirements as of the date of replacement or addition.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2012, c. 302, &sect; 4, eff. July 1, 2012. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 289, &sect; 4.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-30.5. Application for licensure - Inspection of applicant.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry may contract with a local veterinarian licensed by the state, other state agency or any other qualified person to conduct or assist in an initial prelicense inspection and annual inspections.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Department shall arrange for an inspection at a facility prior to issuance of an initial animal shelter or commercial pet breeder license for that facility.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The Department shall not issue an animal shelter or commercial pet breeder license to any person until the Department receives an initial prelicense inspection report from the inspector in a format approved by the Department certifying that the facility meets the requirements of the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Prior to the initial prelicense inspection, each applicant shall pay to the Department a nonrefundable inspection fee.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Department, at least annually, shall arrange for the inspection of each facility of a licensed animal shelter operator or commercial breeder. The inspection shall be conducted during normal business hours and the animal shelter operator, commercial breeder or a representative of the facility shall be present during the inspection.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The inspector shall submit an inspection report to the Department not later than ten (10) days after the date of the inspection on a form prescribed by the Department and provide a copy of the report to the animal shelter operator, commercial breeder or the representative.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. On receipt of a valid written complaint alleging a violation of the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act, an authorized agent of the State Board of Agriculture, a local animal control authority, or an inspector designated by the Department may investigate the alleged violation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. The Department shall not hire any humane society group or member of any humane society group to perform any inspection required by the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2012, c. 302, &sect; 5, eff. July 1, 2012. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 289, &sect; 5.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-30.6. Requirements for licensure.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry shall issue an animal shelter or commercial pet breeder license to each applicant who:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Meets the requirements of the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Applies to the Department on the form prescribed by the Department; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Pays the required fee.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. An animal shelter operator or commercial pet breeder shall obtain a separate license for each facility where animals are kept. A separate license shall be issued for each facility, regardless of the number of animals at each facility.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. If a single facility is shared by more than one person, each person shall be required to become individually licensed if:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. For commercial pet breeders, eleven or more intact females used for breeding are housed at the facility; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. For animal shelter operators, ten or more cats and dogs are maintained at the facility.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. A license issued under the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act is valid until July 1 of each calendar year and is nontransferable.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The nonrefundable animal shelter license and renewal fee shall be the same as the fee for a commercial pet breeder with eleven to twenty intact female animals.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2012, c. 302, &sect; 6, eff. July 1, 2012. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 289, &sect; 6.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-30.7. Revocation or suspension of license.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry may deny a license, or renewal thereof, or revoke a license of any applicant, animal shelter operator or commercial pet breeder who fails to meet the standards of animal care or fails to follow the application process adopted by the Department, or if the person:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Is convicted of a crime involving animal cruelty;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Is convicted of violating the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act more than three times;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Is convicted of a type of felony specified by subparagraphs a through pp of paragraph 2 of Section 571 of Title 57 of the Oklahoma Statutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Is convicted of a felony punishable under the Oklahoma Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Has held or applied for a United States Department of Agriculture license pursuant to the Animal Welfare Act and whose license was suspended or revoked, or whose application was refused due to the improper care of animals.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2012, c. 302, &sect; 7, eff. July 1, 2012. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 289, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-30.8. Expiration and renewal of license.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. An animal shelter operator or commercial pet breeder who is not in violation of the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act or any rule adopted under the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act may renew the license of the person by:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Submitting a renewal application to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry on the form prescribed by the Department;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Complying with any other renewal requirements adopted by the Department; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Paying the required fee.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Any person who fails to apply for a renewal in a manner prescribed by the Department, and whose license has expired, may not engage in activities that require a license until the license has been renewed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Not later than sixty (60) days before the expiration of the license, the Department shall send written notice of the impending license expiration to the animal shelter operator or commercial pet breeder at the last-known address according to the records of the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2012, c. 302, &sect; 8, eff. July 1, 2012. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 289, &sect; 8.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-30.9. Required information updates.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">An animal shelter operator or commercial pet breeder shall notify the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry in writing not later than ten (10) days after the date any change occurs in the address, name, management, substantial control, or ownership of the business or operation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2012, c. 302, &sect; 9, eff. July 1, 2012. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 289, &sect; 9.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-30.10. Disclosure of license.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">An animal shelter operator and commercial pet breeder shall prominently display a copy of the animal shelter license or commercial pet breeder license at the facility of the animal shelter or commercial pet breeder. A commercial pet breeder shall include the commercial pet breeder license number in each advertisement for the sale or transfer of an animal by the commercial pet breeder. A commercial pet breeder shall include in each contract for the sale or transfer of an animal by the commercial pet breeder the commercial pet breeder license number.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2012, c. 302, &sect; 10, eff. July 1, 2012. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 289, &sect; 10.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-30.11. Annual report filings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Not later than February 1 of each year, a commercial pet breeder shall submit to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry an annual report on a form prescribed by the Department setting forth the number of adult intact female animals held at the facility at the end of the prior year and such other information regarding the commercial pet breeder's prior year's operations as required by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The commercial pet breeder shall keep a copy of the annual report at the facility of the commercial pet breeder and, on request, make the report available to the authorized agent of the Board, a local animal control authority, or any other inspector designated by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. A license holder that has more than one facility shall keep separate records and file a separate report for each facility.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2012, c. 302, &sect; 11, eff. July 1, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-30.12. Annual health records.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. An animal shelter operator and commercial pet breeder shall maintain a separate health record for each animal in the facility of the animal shelter operator and commercial breeder documenting the healthcare of the animal.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The health record shall include:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The breed, sex, color, and identifying marks of the animal; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. A record of all inoculations, medications, and other veterinary medical treatment received by the animal while in the possession of the animal shelter operator and commercial pet breeder.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The animal shelter operator and commercial pet breeder shall make the health records available on request to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry, an authorized agent of the Board, a local animal control authority, or any other inspector designated by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2012, c. 302, &sect; 12, eff. July 1, 2012. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 289, &sect; 11.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-30.13. Prohibited conduct - Penalties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. After notice and opportunity for a hearing in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, if the State Board of Agriculture finds any person in violation of the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act or any rule promulgated or order issued pursuant thereto, the Board shall have the authority to assess an administrative penalty of not less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) and not more than Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) for each violation. Each animal, each action, or each day a violation continues may constitute a separate and distinct violation. During each license year of the facility, a facility shall not be subject to more than Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) in administrative penalties assessed pursuant to this subsection.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. A person commits an offense if the person violates the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act or any rule adopted under the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act. Each animal to which a violation applies and each day that violation continues constitutes a separate offense. An offense under this subsection is a misdemeanor punishable as provided in subsection F of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. A person commits an offense if the person knowingly falsifies information in a license application, annual report, or record required under the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act. An offense under this subsection is a misdemeanor punishable as provided in subsection F of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. An unlicensed commercial pet breeder commits an offense if the breeder advertises animals for sale. An offense under this subsection is a misdemeanor punishable as provided in subsection F of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. An animal shelter or commercial pet breeder commits an offense if the animal shelter or commercial breeder interferes with, hinders, or thwarts any inspection or investigation under the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act or refuses to allow an inspector full access to all areas of the facility where animals are kept or cared for and all records required to be kept under the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act or any rule adopted under the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act. An offense under this subsection is a misdemeanor punishable as provided in subsection F of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. 1. Any violation of subsection B, C or D of this section shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00).&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Any violation of subsection E of this section shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00).&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. In addition to penalties and fines, the Board shall have authority to obtain injunctions against anyone who violates the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act, and shall have authority to obtain or impose civil monetary penalties on anyone who violates the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act, and upon obtaining a court order, shall have authority to seize and impound animals in the possession, custody, or care of that person if there is reason to believe that the health, safety, or welfare of the animals is endangered, or the animals are in imminent danger. The reasonable costs of transportation, care, and feeding of seized and impounded animals shall be paid by the person from whom the dogs or cats were seized and impounded.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. Nothing in the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act shall preclude the Board from seeking penalties in district court in the maximum amount allowed by law. The assessment of penalties in an administrative enforcement proceeding shall not prevent the subsequent assessment by a court of the maximum civil or criminal penalties for violations of the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act and rules promulgated pursuant thereto.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I. Any person assessed an administrative or civil penalty may be required to pay, in addition to the penalty amount and interest thereon, attorney fees and costs associated with the collection of the penalties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">J. If any person refuses, denies or interferes with any right of access, the Board shall have the right to apply to and obtain from a district court an administrative or other warrant as necessary to enforce the right of access and inspection.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2012, c. 302, &sect; 13, eff. July 1, 2012. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 289, &sect; 12.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-30.14. State disclosure duties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The State Board of Agriculture shall maintain and post on its website the directory of animal shelters and commercial pet breeders licensed pursuant to the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act. The Board shall post on its website the directory of animal shelters and commercial pet breeders who have been denied licensing, or whose licenses have been revoked.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2012, c. 302, &sect; 14, eff. July 1, 2012. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 289, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-30.15. Limitations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act shall not affect the applicability of any other law, rule, order, ordinance, or other legal requirement of the federal government, this state, or a political subdivision of this state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act shall not prevent a municipality or county from prohibiting or further regulating by order or ordinance, the possession, breeding, or selling of dogs or cats.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2012, c. 302, &sect; 15, eff. July 1, 2012. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 289, &sect; 14.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-30.16. Appropriation of funds.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry to be designated the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Assistance Revolving Fund. All monies accruing to the credit of the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Assistance Revolving Fund are hereby appropriated and may be budgeted and expended by the Department for the purposes set forth in subsection C of this section. The fund shall be a continuing fund not subject to fiscal year limitations and shall consist of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. All monies received by the Department for sheltering of seized animals pursuant to the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Money received by the Department in the form of gifts, grants, reimbursements, or from any other source intended to be used for the purposes specified by or collected pursuant to the provisions of this section of the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The monies deposited in the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Assistance Revolving Fund shall be excluded from budget and expenditure limitations and shall at no time become part of the general budget of the Department or any other state agency. Except as provided for in this section, no monies from the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Assistance Revolving Fund shall be transferred for any purpose to any other state agency or any account of the Department or be used for the purpose of contracting with any other state agency or reimbursing any other state agency for any expense.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Assistance Revolving Fund shall be utilized for defraying veterinary costs for animals in the event of a removal of animals from an animal shelter or commercial pet breeder. The fund may, in the discretion of the State Board of Agriculture, also be used to defray costs associated with care of animals including, but not limited to, feed and shelter.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2012, c. 302, &sect; 16, eff. July 1, 2012. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 289, &sect; 15.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-31. Breeding certificates - Duty to furnish - Contents - Form.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The owner or keeper of any registered male animals who collect a fee for the service of same, shall upon request of the owner of any registered female of the same breed which has been bred to such registered male animal, and the fee therefor paid, furnish to such owner a breeding certificate, giving name and register number of such male animal and the date of such service, such information to be furnished in the form required by the breeders' association with which such animals are registered, to the end that the offspring may be registered.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1915, c. 40, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-32. Refusal to furnish certificate - Penalty.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Refusal to comply with the provisions of section one hereof shall be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than Fifty Dollars ($50.00).&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1915, c. 40, &sect; 2.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-41. Animals chasing or injuring livestock - Right to kill - Liability of owner - Warrantless seizure - Court proceedings - Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. It shall be lawful for a person to kill any animal of the family canidae or the family felidae found chasing livestock off the premises of the owner of the animal if the person is the owner or occupant of the property on which the animal is chasing the livestock or if the person is authorized to kill such an animal by the owner or occupant of such property.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The owner of any animal of the family canidae or the family felidae that kills or injures any livestock shall be jointly and severally liable to any person so damaged, to the full amount of the injury done and damages caused, including reasonable attorney fees and litigation expenses.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. 1. Any animal control officer or any municipal, county or state law enforcement officer may seize a potentially dangerous dog without a warrant:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;if the dog is continuing to run at large at the time of the seizure,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;if the officer has probable cause to believe the dog is a dangerous dog and the threat to the health, safety and welfare of livestock or persons is of a continuing nature under the circumstances, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;pursuant to Section 47 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Any animal seized pursuant to this subsection shall be held by the appropriate animal control authority until the appropriate terms and conditions of release necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of livestock and persons with whom the dangerous dog may come in contact are established by the supervisor of the animal control authority or a court of competent jurisdiction and agreed to by the owner.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. 1. Upon commencement of any civil action to assess damages pursuant to this section, the court upon its own motion, or upon a motion by the plaintiff, and with notice to the defendant, and after a hearing thereon, may issue an order requiring seizure of a dog if the court has found probable cause to believe:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the dog is a potentially dangerous dog and the threat to the health, safety and welfare of livestock or persons is of a continuing nature under the circumstances, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;the dog will be adjudicated a common nuisance pursuant to subsection G of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Any dog seized pursuant to this subsection shall be held by the appropriate animal control authority until conclusion of the civil action or until the court enters an order prescribing the appropriate terms and conditions of release necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of livestock and persons with whom the animal may come in contact.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The cost for the seizure and confinement of an animal as authorized by subsection C or D of this section shall be borne by the owner of the animal. However, in any civil action filed pursuant to this section, if the owner of the animal is the prevailing party, such costs shall be taxed in the case against the nonprevailing party.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. Nothing in this section shall be interpreted so as to require any municipality or county to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Operate or maintain an animal welfare facility; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Accept or hold any seized animal from a municipal, county or state law enforcement officer, other than its own.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. The court, before whom a recovery is had for any injury or damages as set forth in this section, shall declare the animal found to have occasioned the injury to be a common nuisance, and order the defendant to kill or cause to be killed, such animal within twenty-four (24) hours after the rendition of the judgment. Appeals shall be allowed in all such cases. Any appeals shall be prosecuted in a manner as prescribed by general statutes governing appeals.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. The provisions of Sections 45, 46 and 47 of this title shall also apply to a dangerous dog as defined in subsection I of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I. For purposes of this section:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Livestock" means any cattle, bison, hog, sheep, goat, equine, domesticated rabbits, chicken or other poultry and shall include exotic livestock;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Exotic livestock" means commercially raised exotic livestock including animals of the families bovidae, cervidae and antilocapridae or birds of the ratite group;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Potentially dangerous dog" means any dog that, while the dog was allowed to run at large off the property of the owner, when unprovoked, on more than one occasion, was found to be chasing or aggressively creating a substantial threat to the health, safety and welfare of livestock or persons;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. "Dangerous dog" means any dog that, while the dog was allowed to run at large off the property of the owner:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;when unprovoked, killed or injured livestock, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;has been previously found to be a potentially dangerous dog, the owner having received notice of such by the animal control authority in writing, and continues to be found chasing or aggressively creating a substantial threat to the health, safety and welfare of livestock or persons;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. "Animal control authority" means the same as defined in Section 44 of this title;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. "Animal control officer" means the same as defined in Section 44 of this title; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. "Owner" means the same as defined in Section 44 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 120. Amended by Laws 1935, p. 190, &sect; 1; Laws 1949, p. 39, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. Feb. 15, 1949; Laws 1993, c. 36, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 2002, c. 187, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2002; Laws 2007, c. 40, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 2007; Laws 2013, c. 278, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 14, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-42.1. Personal injury by dog - Liability of owner.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The owner or owners of any dog shall be liable for damages to the full amount of any damages sustained when his dog, without provocation, bites or injures any person while such person is in or on a place where he has a lawful right to be.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1947, p. 32, &sect; 1. Amended by Laws 1980, c. 75, &sect; 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-42.2. Lawful presence on owner's property, what constitutes - Public place, what is.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">For the purpose of Sections 42.1 through 42.3 of this title and Section 1 of this act a person shall be considered to be lawfully upon the private property of the owner of a dog when he or she is on the property in the performance of any duty imposed upon the person by the laws of this state, or its political subdivision, or by the laws of the United States, or the postal regulations of the United States, or when reading meters, or making repairs to any public utility or service located on the premises, or when working on the property at the request of the owner or any tenant having a lease upon any portion of the property, or when on the property upon the invitation, either expressed or implied, of the owner or lessee of such property, or when on the property for any other lawful purpose. The term &ldquo;public place&rdquo; shall, for the purpose of Sections 42.1 through 42.3 of this title and Section 1 of this act, mean and include any and all public streets, sidewalks, alleyways, easements, buildings, parks, playgrounds and recreational facilities, and any and all places of business, amusement or entertainment which are privately owned, wherein merchandise, property, services, entertainment or facilities are offered for sale, hire, lease, or use.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1947, p. 32, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. March 11, 1947. Amended by Laws 2006, c. 262, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. June 7, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-42.3. Exceptions to application of act - Existing rights and liabilities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Provided that this act shall not apply to rural areas of this state or to any cities or towns that do not have city or village United States mail delivery service. Provided, nothing herein shall be construed as diminishing any right or liability for injury by dog bites now existing under the laws of this state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1947, p. 32, &sect; 3.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-42.4. Owners of dangerous dogs, bite or attacks on public property - Penalty.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. It is unlawful for the owner of any dog that previously has:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. When unprovoked inflicted bites on any person or severely injured any person either on public or private property; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. When unprovoked created an imminent threat of injury or death to any person,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">to permit such dog to run at large or aggressively bite or attack any person while such person is lawfully upon public or private property. Upon conviction, the violator shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one (1) year, or by imposition of a fine not to exceed Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment. In addition, the owner shall be liable for damages as provided in Section 42.1 of Title 4 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The owner of any dangerous dog as defined by Section 44 of Title 4 of the Oklahoma Statutes, or any dog that is described in subsection A of this section, that attacks any person causing the death of such person shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for not more than five (5) years, or by the imposition of a fine not to exceed Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. It is unlawful for any person to release any dog upon a law enforcement officer while the officer is in the performance of official duties. Upon conviction, the violator shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for not more than five (5) years, or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one (1) year, or by imposition of a fine not exceeding Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. It shall be an affirmative defense to a prosecution pursuant to subsection A or B of this section that the injury or death was sustained by a person who, at the time, was committing a willful criminal act upon the premises of the owner of the dog or was assaulting the owner of the dog.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2006, c. 262, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 7, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-43. Counties over 200,000 population - Regulation and control of dogs running at large - Penalties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The board of county commissioners of any county with a population of two hundred thousand (200,000) or more according to the last Federal Decennial Census may regulate or prohibit the running at large of dogs within said county, and cause such dogs as may be running at large to be impounded and disposed of as otherwise provided for by law or sold to discharge the costs and penalties provided for the violation of such prohibition and the expense of impounding and keeping the same for such sale; and may also provide for the erection of all needful pens, pounds and buildings for the use of said county at any place within said county. It shall be the duty of the board of county commissioners of any county undertaking the regulation and taxation of dogs in said county under this act to establish and enforce rules governing the same, and they shall enter into a definite cooperative agreement with the sheriff of said county prescribing said rules and regulations and the manner and terms of enforcement thereof, and for the financing and compensation therefor. The board of county commissioners may also regulate and provide for taxing the owners and harborers of dogs, and authorize the humane killing or disposal of dogs, found at large, contrary to any ordinance regulating the same. Any person, firm or corporation who violates any rule or regulation made by such board of county commissioners under the authority of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished as provided by the laws of this state in any court of competent jurisdiction, provided that in the case of continuing offenses, each day on which the offense occurs shall constitute a separate offense.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1959, p. 25, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-44. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in Section 44 et seq. of this title:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Potentially dangerous dog" means any dog that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;when unprovoked inflicts bites on a human either on public or private property, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;when unprovoked attacks a dog which results in the death of said dog either on public or private property;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Dangerous dog" means any dog that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;has inflicted severe injury on a human being without provocation on public or private property,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;has been previously found to be potentially dangerous, the owner having received notice of such by the animal control authority in writing and the dog thereafter aggressively bites, attacks, or endangers the safety of humans, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;has been previously found to be potentially dangerous, the owner having received notice of such by the animal control authority in writing and the dog thereafter attacks a dog which results in the death of said dog either on public of private property;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Severe injury" means any physical injury that results in broken bones or lacerations requiring multiple sutures or cosmetic surgery;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. "Proper enclosure of a dangerous dog" means, while on the owner's property, a dangerous dog shall be securely confined indoors or in a securely enclosed and locked pen or structure with at least one hundred fifty (150) square feet of space for each dog kept therein which is over six (6) months of age, and which is suitable to prevent the entry of children and designed to prevent the animal from escaping. Such pen or structure shall have secure sides and a secure top, and shall also provide protection from the elements for the dog;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. "Animal control authority" means an entity acting alone or in concert with other local governmental units for enforcement of the animal control laws of the city, county and state and the shelter and welfare of animals;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. "Animal control officer" means any individual employed, contracted with, or appointed by the animal control authority for the purpose of aiding the enforcement of this act or any other law or ordinance relating to the licensure of animals, control of animals, or seizure and impoundment of animals, and includes any state or local law enforcement officer or other employee whose duties in whole or in part include assignments that involve the seizure and impoundment of any animal; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. "Owner" means any person, firm, corporation, organization, or department possessing, harboring, keeping, having an interest in, or having control or custody of an animal.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1991, c. 199, &sect; 1, eff. Feb. 1, 1992. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 159, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 1, 2001; Laws 2006, c. 262, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. June 7, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-45. Certificate of registration for certain dogs required - Exemption - Fee.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. It is unlawful for an owner to have a dangerous dog in the state without certificate of registration issued under this section. This section shall not apply to dogs used by law enforcement officials for police work.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The animal control authority of the city or county in which an owner has a dangerous dog shall issue a certificate of registration to the owner of such animal if the owner presents to the animal control unit sufficient evidence of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. A proper enclosure to confine a dangerous dog and the posting of the premises with a clearly visible warning sign that there is a dangerous dog on the property. In addition, the owner shall conspicuously display a sign with a warning symbol that informs children of the presence of a dangerous dog; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. A policy of liability insurance, such as homeowner's insurance, or surety bond, issued by an insurer qualified under Title 36 of the Oklahoma Statutes in the amount of not less than Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00) insuring the owner for any personal injuries inflicted by the dangerous dog.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. If an owner has the dangerous dog in an incorporated area that is serviced by both a city and county animal control authority, the owner shall obtain a certificate of registration from the city authority.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Cities and/or counties may charge an annual fee not to exceed Ten Dollars ($10.00), in addition to regular dog licensing fees, if any are charged, not to exceed Ten Dollars ($10.00), to register dangerous dogs. Fees shall be retained by the city or county issuing license.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1991, c. 199, &sect; 2, eff. Feb. 1, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-46. Muzzle and restraint of certain dogs required - Local regulation of dangerous dogs - Dogs not to be declared dangerous.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. It is unlawful for an owner of a dangerous dog to permit the dog to be outside the proper enclosure as defined by Section 44 of this title, unless the dog is muzzled and restrained by a substantial chain or leash and remains under the physical restraint of a responsible person over sixteen (16) years of age. The muzzle shall be made in a manner that will not cause injury to the dog or interfere with its vision or respiration but shall prevent it from biting any person or animal.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Potentially dangerous or dangerous dogs may be regulated through local, municipal and county authorities, provided the regulations are not breed specific. Nothing in this act shall prohibit such local governments from enforcing penalties for violation of such local laws.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Dogs shall not be declared dangerous if the threat, injury, or damage was sustained by a person who, at the time, was committing a willful trespass or other tort upon the premises occupied by the owner of the dog, or was tormenting, abusing, or assaulting the dog or has, in the past, been observed or reported to have tormented, abused, or assaulted the dog or was committing or attempting to commit a crime.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1991, c. 199, &sect; 3, eff. Feb. 1, 1992. Amended by Laws 2006, c. 262, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. June 7, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-47. Confiscation of dangerous dog - Purpose of act - Other remedies.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Any dangerous dog shall be immediately confiscated by an animal control authority if:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The dog is not validly registered under Section 45 of this title;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The owner does not secure the liability insurance coverage or surety bond required under Section 45 of this title;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The dog is not maintained in the proper enclosure as defined by Section 44 of this title; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The dog is outside of the dwelling of the owner, or outside the proper enclosure and not under physical restraint of the responsible person as required by Section 46 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The owner of a dangerous dog shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one (1) year or by the imposition of a fine not to exceed Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment for any violation of the laws relating to dangerous dogs resulting in the confiscation of such dog pursuant to any provision of subsection A of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The owner of a dangerous dog shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one (1) year, or by the imposition of a fine not to exceed Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment for any personal injury caused by such dangerous dog. The fine, at the discretion of the court, may be offset by payments made by the dog owner to any victim of an injury or attack by the dog. However, insurance payments may not be considered as an offset. In addition, the court may require the owner to perform forty (40) hours of community service. The court may suspend any portion of the community service requirement set forth in this section. It shall be an affirmative defense to a prosecution pursuant to this subsection that the injury was sustained by a person who, at the time, was committing a willful criminal act upon the premises occupied by the owner of the dog or was assaulting the owner of the dog.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. It is the purpose of Sections 44 through 47 of this title to provide additional and cumulative remedies to control dangerous and potentially dangerous dogs in this state. Nothing in this act shall be construed to abridge or alter rights of action or remedies of victims under the common law or statutory law, criminal or civil.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1991, c. 199, &sect; 4, eff. Feb. 1, 1992. Amended by Laws 2006, c. 262, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. June 7, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-51. Repealed by Laws 1943, p. 16, &sect; 5.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-52. Repealed by Laws 1943, p. 16, &sect; 5.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-53. Repealed by Laws 1943, p. 16, &sect; 5.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-54. Repealed by Laws 1943, p. 16, &sect; 5.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-61. Repealed by Laws 1963, c. 220, &sect; 11.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-62. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 462, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-63. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 462, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-64. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 462, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-65. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 462, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-66. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 462, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-67. Repealed by Laws 1963, c. 220, &sect; 11.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-68. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 462, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-69. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 462, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-70. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 462, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-71. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 462, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-72. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 462, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-73. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 462, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-74. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 462, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-75. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 462, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-81.1. Repealed by Laws 1963, c. 200, &sect; 11.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-81.2. Repealed by Laws 1963, c. 220, &sect; 11.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-81.3. Repealed by Laws 1963, c. 220, &sect; 11.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-81.4. Repealed by Laws 1963, c. 220, &sect; 11.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-82.1. Repealed by Laws 1970, c. 165, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-82.2. Repealed by Laws 1970, c. 165, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-82.3. Repealed by Laws 1970, c. 165, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-82.4. Repealed by Laws 1970, c. 165, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-82.5. Repealed by Laws 1970, c. 165, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-82.6. Repealed by Laws 1970, c. 165, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-82.7. Repealed by Laws 1970, c. 165, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-82.8. Repealed by Laws 1970, c. 165, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-82.9. Repealed by Laws 1970, c. 165, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-82.10. Repealed by Laws 1970, c. 165, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-85.1. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. As used in this act, "domestic animals" shall include all domestic animals including, but not limited to, cattle, bison, hogs, sheep, goats, equidae, chickens or other poultry and exotic livestock. The term "domestic animals" shall not include dogs and cats.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. As used in this section, &ldquo;exotic livestock" means commercially raised exotic livestock including animals of the families bovidae, cervidae and antilocapridae or birds of the ratite group.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1970, c. 165, &sect; 1. Amended by Laws 1974, c. 29, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 11, 1974; Laws 1993, c. 36, &sect; 2, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 2000, c. 206, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 19, 2000; Laws 2007, c. 5, &sect; 13, eff. Nov. 1, 2007.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-85.2. Estrays.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any domestic animal found running at large upon public or private lands in the State of Oklahoma, whose owner is unknown in the vicinity of the premises where found, shall be known as an "estray", and it shall be unlawful for any person, company or corporation or either of their employees or agents to take up an estray and retain possession of same, except as provided in this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1970, c. 165, &sect; 2. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 206, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 19, 2000; Laws 2007, c. 5, &sect; 14, eff. Nov. 1, 2007.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-85.3. Taking up by landowner or lessee - Investigation - Reports.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any landowner or lessee of land may take up any domestic animal that strays upon his premises or any public thoroughfare adjoining the same. When any person shall take up any stray animal, he shall make a reasonable investigation immediately to ascertain the owner of such animal and, within seven (7) days, he shall report such taking up to the county sheriff of the county in which the animal was taken up, giving a description of the animal, setting forth the brand, sex, and approximate age of such animal. When the identity of the owner of any stray animal is known to the taker-up he shall communicate to the said owner that the animal has strayed and that he has taken it up. The taker-up may require the owner of any strayed animal he has taken up to pay the actual cost of its keep while so taken up plus all damages that the strayed animal caused to the premises. When one who has taken up a strayed animal is unable, after investigation, to ascertain by whom the animal is owned, or when an owner of a strayed animal is identified and known to be such but neglects or fails to pay the cost of the animal's keep while taken up plus all damages it caused to the premises of the taker-up and remove the animal from the possession of the taker-up the latter shall report all facts relative to the matter to the sheriff of the county in which the animal was taken up.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1970, c. 165, &sect; 3. Amended by Laws 1974, c. 29, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. April 11, 1974; Laws 1980, c. 161, &sect; 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-85.4. Rights and duties of taker-up.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Upon taking up an estray animal or animals, and after sending a description to the county sheriff, the taker-up shall be entitled to hold the same lawfully until relieved of its custody by the sheriff. Should a claimant for said animal apply to the taker-up for possession of this animal, the taker-up shall at once notify the sheriff, and should the sheriff be satisfied that said applicant is the rightful owner, he shall issue an order authorizing the taker-up to grant possession of the estray to the rightful owner. The owner shall be required to pay to the taker-up the actual cost for keeping the estray, together with the actual amount of any damages suffered by the taker-up as a result of the estray being upon his premises and such costs and damages shall be approved by the district judge and shall be entered on the order by the sheriff.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1970, c. 165, &sect; 4. Amended by Laws 1980, c. 161, &sect; 2, eff. Oct. 1, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-85.5. Duties of peace officer.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. 1. Upon receiving notice of the taking up of any strayed animal, it shall be the duty of any peace officer, unless the owner thereof is identified and known by the peace officer to be the owner, to make or cause to be made an examination of the brand records and reports of lost, strayed and stolen livestock.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. If from these records the name of the owner or probable owner can be determined, the owner shall be notified forthwith of the taking up of the strayed animal.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. If the name of the owner or probable owner cannot be determined, the officer shall arrange for the housing of the animal as provided by subsection B of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Department of Public Safety and any municipality, county, or other political subdivision of this state may establish a list of facilities, including, but not limited to, livestock sales facilities or veterinary clinics, for an official rotation log for the keeping of strayed animals pursuant to the request of or at the direction of any officer of the Department or a municipality, county, or other political subdivision. The Department of Public Safety may promulgate rules for the implementation and administration of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Upon the owner's proving to the satisfaction of the peace officer that the animal is lawfully the owner's, the peace officer shall allow the animal to be taken by the owner, upon payment of the actual cost for keeping it together with the amount of any damages suffered by the taker-up as a result of the strayed animal being upon the premises of the taker-up.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. If the owner fails to pay the charges, the animal shall be sold according to provisions of Section 85.6 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. After all costs and expenses incurred for the care, transportation, and sale of such animal have been deducted from the gross sale proceeds, the net amount shall be paid to the owner.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1970, c. 165, &sect; 5. Amended by Laws 1974, c. 29, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. April 11, 1974; Laws 1997, c. 44, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 2000, c. 253, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2000; Laws 2004, c. 130, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 20, 2004.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-85.6. Sale of unclaimed animals.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. If a peace officer is unable to determine the owner or probable owner of any strayed animal from brand records and other reports of lost, strayed and stolen livestock, the sheriff shall cause to be published in a newspaper having general circulation in the county in which the strayed animal has been taken up, a description of the animal which shall contain sex, age and brand or brands but shall not contain color, or marks or other descriptive information. The notice shall be published for two (2) consecutive weekly issues. If after such publication the sheriff is still unable to determine the owner, the animal shall be sold by the sheriff, at either the nearest approved and licensed slaughter facility or the nearest approved and licensed or federally inspected livestock auction market from where taken up, inside the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The approved selling firm shall forward by mail to the sheriff a check for the proceeds and other sales information, listing a description, sex, weight, selling price per pound and total sales price less normal and customary marketing fees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The sheriff shall pay to the taker-up of an unclaimed stray animal the actual cost for keeping it, together with the actual amount of any damages suffered by the taker-up as a result of the strayed animal being upon the premises.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. All remaining money, if any, shall be deposited with the county treasurer to be held by the treasurer in a special fund from which payment may be made to a claimant who has been determined by the district court to be the owner of the stray animal. If not expended pursuant to court order within one (1) year the funds so deposited shall be credited to the County General Fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1970, c. 165, &sect; 6. Amended by Laws 1974, c. 29, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. April 11, 1974; Laws 1997, c. 44, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 2000, c. 253, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2000; Laws 2010, c. 377, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2010.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-85.7. Adverse claimants.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In the event that there is more than one (1) claimant to any estray after the publication of the notice, as provided by this act, and if a contest or controversy ensues as a result of adverse claimants, then after the publication the sheriff shall certify the matter to the district court of the county in which the estray is taken up, and the small claims division of the district court shall docket said matter in a proper docket supplied by the county for such purpose, and the claimants shall have ten (10) days from the date of such docketing of said matter to file affidavits in support of their several claims. The district court shall also have the right and authority to hear oral testimony at any reasonable time on notice to the claimants to determine the ownership of such estray, and after said hearing the district court shall enter a finding determining the ownership of said estray. Such finding shall have the same effect and force as a judgment and shall be appealable as other matters from the district court but such appeals shall be taken within ten (10) days. In the event two (2) or more claimants are found to be the owners of such estrays, the expenses incurred by the taker-up shall be assessed pro rata to the owners. They shall jointly pay for the keeping of such estrays as is customary in the community for pasturing, feed and keeping of such animals, together with the cost of the proceeding including publication costs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1970, c. 165, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-85.10. Duty to feed and care for estrays.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person taking up an estray as hereinbefore provided shall feed and care for said estray.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1970, c. 165, &sect; 10.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-85.11. Penalties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If any person unlawfully takes up or conceals an estray, or fails to comply with the provisions of this act, such person so offending shall be guilty of the felony of larceny of domestic animals and shall be punished according to the provisions of Section 1716 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1970, c. 165, &sect; 11. Amended by Laws 1974, c. 29, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. April 11, 1974; Laws 1997, c. 133, &sect; 121, eff. July 1, 1999.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Laws 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, &sect; 23 amended the effective date of Laws 1997, c. 133, &sect; 121 from July 1, 1998, to July 1, 1999.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-85.12. Jurisdiction to settle disputes and claims.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In event the taker-up and the owner and/or claimant cannot agree as to the amount of damages or expenses involved, the small claims division of the district court in the county where estray is located shall have jurisdiction to adjudicate the matter, as well as determine claims between more than one person who claim ownership of the estray.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1970, c. 165, &sect; 12.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-85.13. Claim to ownership of exotic livestock under this chapter - Conditions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. A person may claim to be the owner of exotic livestock under this chapter only if:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The exotic livestock is tagged, branded, banded, or marked in another manner that identifies the exotic livestock as being the property of the claimant; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The person acquired the exotic livestock by purchase, gift, devise, inheritance, or other lawful transfer or the exotic livestock was born or hatched on property owned or leased by the claimant or on other property under an agreement with the claimant in which the claimant may assert ownership of the exotic livestock and:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the exotic livestock, when normally in the possession of the owner, is impounded within a fence or by another restraining device that is generally appropriate to prevent the escape of the type of animal claimed, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;the animal claimed is of such rarity or has such genetic marking or other attributes as to identify the exotic livestock as having come from the claimant's stock having the same rarity or attributes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Under subsection A of this section, a lawful transfer does not include the live taking of an exotic livestock in this state on property that is owned or leased by a person other than the claimant.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 36, &sect; 3, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-91. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-92. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-93. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-94. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-95. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-96. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-97. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-98. Restraint of all domestic animals - Damages for trespass.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All domestic animals shall be restrained by the owner thereof at all times and seasons of the year from running at large in the State of Oklahoma. Damages caused by the domestic animals trespassing upon lands of another shall be recovered in a manner provided by law. For the purpose of this act, domestic animals shall include cattle, horses, swine, sheep, goats, exotic livestock and all other animals not considered wild. The term &ldquo;domestic animals&rdquo; shall not include domestic house pets.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1966. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 206, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. May 19, 2000; Laws 2007, c. 5, &sect; 15, eff. Nov. 1, 2007.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-99. Failure to keep domestic animals enclosed &ndash; Penalties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Any person who:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Willfully omits to keep a domestic animal such person owns or has charge of within a suitable enclosure;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Allows the animal to be unrestrained or to run at large, with notice, actual or constructive, that the enclosure within which the animal is kept is open; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Knowingly causes a domestic animal to escape confinement,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not more than Fifty Dollars ($50.00) for each offense, or not more than thirty (30) days' imprisonment in the county jail for each offense, or by both fine and imprisonment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. For the purpose of this act, the term "domestic animals" shall not include domestic house pets.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1972, c. 131, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 7, 1972. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 206, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. May 19, 2000; Laws 2007, c. 5, &sect; 16, eff. Nov. 1, 2007.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-101. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-102. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-103. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-104. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-105. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-106. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-107. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-108. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-109. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-110. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-111. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-112. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-114.1. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-114.2. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-115.1. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-115.2. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-115.3. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-115.4. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-121. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-122. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-131. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-132. Removal of stock from distraint without leave of possessor - Penalty - Civil liability.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If any person, by force or otherwise, without leave of the person having the stock under distraint remove the stock from such distraint, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall pay a fine of not less than ten (10) nor more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00), or be imprisoned in the county jail not less than ten (10) nor more than thirty (30) days, and shall in addition thereto, be liable in a civil action for the recovery of the stock so relieved from distraint, or for damages and costs, as the party distraining may elect.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 150.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-133. Stock "owner" defined.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The word "owner" as used in this article shall include the person entitled to the immediate possession of the animal, and also the person having charge or care of the same, and also the person having the legal title thereto.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 151.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4134. Land "owner" defined.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">For the purposes of this article, the owner, homesteader, tenant, or other person in the possession of, or cultivating the land trespassed upon, shall be deemed to be the owner thereof.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 152. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-135. Proceedings after distraint - Assessment of damages - Notices - Sale - Surplus.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Within forty-eight (48) hours after stock has been distrained, Sunday not being included, the party distraining, or such party's agent, shall notify the owner of the stock when known, or, if unknown, the party having them in charge. If the owner fails to satisfy the person whose lands are trespassed upon, the party injured shall, within twenty-four (24) hours thereafter, notify in writing the county sheriff to come upon the premises to view and assess the damages.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The county sheriff shall, within forty-eight (48) hours after receiving such notice, Sundays and holidays excepted, proceed to view and assess the damages, and determine a reasonable amount to be paid for seizing and keeping said stock. If the person owning the distrained stock fails to pay the damages as assessed, the sheriff shall provide for the public notice and sale of the distrained stock as provided by Section 85.6 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Any money or stock left after satisfying such claims shall be returned to the owner of the stock sold.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 153. Amended by Laws 1968, c. 72, &sect; 1; Laws 1997, c. 44, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-136. Assessment of damages - Filing - Review - Bond - Supersedeas - Delivery of stock to owner appealing - Certification of papers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The county sheriff shall make his assessment in writing and file the same with the county clerk, to be kept in his office. Any person aggrieved by the action of the county sheriff under this article, may appeal therefrom, to the district court. The person appealing shall file with the county sheriff a bond, in a penalty double the value of the property distrained, or if the value of the property exceed the amount of damage claimed, then in double the amount of damages, with good and sufficient sureties, to be approved by the county sheriff, and from and after the filing of the appeal bond, the same shall operate as a supersedeas. In case the owner of such stock be the appellant, the same shall be delivered to him. The county sheriff shall, after the appeal is taken, certify all the original papers in the case to the district court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 154. Amended by Laws 1968, c. 72, &sect; 2.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-137. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-138. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-139. Controversy over partition fence - Application to fence viewers - Notice - Authority of viewers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">When a controversy arises between the respective owners about the obligation to erect or maintain a partition fence, either party may apply to the fence viewers, who, after due notice to each party, may inquire into the matter and assign to each his share thereof, and direct the time in which each shall erect or repair his share in the manner provided above.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 157.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-140. Repair or reconstruction of fence by complainant - Recovery of value and viewers' fees from landowner - Interest.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If such fence be not repaired or built accordingly, the complainant may repair or rebuild it, and the same being adjudged sufficient by the fence viewers, and the value thereof, with their fees, being ascertained by them, and certified under their hands, the complainant may demand of the owner of the land where the fence was deficient, the sum so ascertained, and in case of neglect to pay the same, for one (1) month after demand, may recover it by civil action together with one percent (1%) a month interest thereon.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 158.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-141. Fence viewers - Number - Qualifications - Appointment - Compensation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Fence viewers herein designated shall consist of three (3) disinterested freeholders, one to be chosen by each of the interested parties, and the two so chosen shall choose the third person, and the three so chosen shall proceed to discharge the duties of fence viewers as herein provided. Such fence viewers to be allowed One Dollar ($1.00) per day each, to be paid by the interested parties: Provided, that if either party shall fail or refuse to appoint such fence viewers, as herein provided, within three (3) days after so requested to do by the other interested party, then the county sheriff shall, on application of the party making the request for fence viewers, appoint such fence viewer for such party so failing or refusing to appoint.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 159. Amended by Laws 1968, c. 72, &sect; 3.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-142. Fence repair.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All partition fences shall be kept in good repair throughout the year, unless the owners on both sides otherwise agree in writing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 160.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-143. Commons - Owners not required to fence - Lands enclosed or used otherwise than as commons - Duty to fence.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person not wishing his land enclosed, and not occupying or using it otherwise than as commons, shall not be compelled to contribute to erect or maintain any fence between him and an adjacent owner; but when he encloses or uses his land otherwise than as a commons, he shall contribute to the partition fences as in this article provided.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 161.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-144. Severalty owned lands enclosed in common without partition fence - Division of fence line - Construction of fence.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">When lands owned in severalty have been enclosed in common without a partition fence, and one of the owners is desirous of occupying his in severalty and the other refuses or neglects to divide the line where the fence shall be built, or refuses to build a sufficient fence on his part of the line, when divided, the party desiring it may have the same divided and assigned by the fence viewers, who may, in writing, assign a reasonable time within six (6) months, having regard for the season of the year, for making the fence, and if either party neglects to comply with the decision of the viewers the other, after making his own part, may make the other part and recover as hereinbefore provided.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 162.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-145. Opening field for use as commons - Notice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In the case mentioned in the preceding section, when one of the owners desires to throw open any portion of his field not less than sixteen (16) feet in width and leave it unenclosed to be used as a commons by the public, he shall first give the other party six (6) months' notice thereof.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 163.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-146. Joinder to partition fence - Payment for or rebuilding of half of fence.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">When land which has lain unenclosed is enclosed the owner thereof, before he join to any partition fence, already erected, shall pay for one-half (1/2) of each partition fence between his lands and the adjoining lands, the value to be ascertained by the fence viewers, and if he neglects for thirty (30) days after notice and demand to pay the same, the party to whose fence he joins may recover as before provided, or such person, enclosing such land, may, at his election, rebuild and make one-half (1/2) of the fence, and if he neglects so to do for two (2) months after making such election, he shall be liable as above provided.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 164.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-147. Recorded fence division - Effect on owners and successors.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">When a division of fence between the owners of improved land shall have been made, either by fence viewers or agreement in writing, and is recorded in the office of the county clerk of the county where the lands are, the owners and their heirs and assigns shall be bound thereby, and shall support them accordingly.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 165.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-148. Application of term "owner".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In the provisions of this article relating to fences the term "owner" shall apply to the occupant or tenant where the owner does not reside in the county, but these proceedings will not bind the owner unless notified.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 166.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-149. Fence or improvements on land of another - Removal - Damages - Notice to remove - Effect of nonremoval.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">When a person has made a fence or other improvements on land, which, on afterwards making division lines, is found to be on the land of another, such person shall not remove such fence or other improvements, until he shall have paid to the owner of such land all damages by reason of such improvements or fence being so located, and if the person making such fence or other improvements fail to pay such damages and remove the said improvements within six (6) months after such division line has been established, and after having thirty (30) days' notice from the owner of said land to remove such fence or improvements, then said fence or improvements shall become a part of the real estate and belong to the owner thereof: Provided, that when the parties interested in such land and such fence and improvements cannot agree as to the amount of such damages, by reason of such improvements being upon the land of another, the fence viewers may determine the amount of such damages as in other cases.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 167.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-150. Fence or improvements on land of another - When not removable.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">But such fence or other improvement, except substantial buildings, shall not be removed if they were made of timber or other material taken from the land on which they lie, until the party pays the owner the value of the timber, or other material, to be ascertained by fence viewers, nor shall a fence be removed at any time when the removal will throw open or expose the crop of the other party, but it shall be removed in a reasonable time after the crop is secured, although six (6) months has passed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 168.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-150.1. Property line across an existing boundary or division line fence, notice to adjacent owner - Cause of action - Attorney fees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. If a survey obtained by a property owner reflects a property line across an existing boundary or division line fence, said property owner shall not damage or remove the existing fence or authorize the establishment, locating or relocating of any improvements, including utility installation on such property, until the adjacent property owner has been given notice. The notice shall include a copy of the survey, the nature of the relief requested, and notice that the court may award attorney fees and costs to the prevailing party if an action to establish title is filed by the requestor against the recipient. The notice shall be served in the same manner as provided for service of process in Section 2004 of Title 12 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. If no agreement has been reached by the adjoining property owners within thirty (30) days from receipt of the notice sent pursuant to subsection A of this section, the property owner may cause an action to be filed against the adjacent property owner in the district court in the county where the property is located to establish title to the parcel of property at issue. The district court shall enter such temporary relief as may be necessary to maintain the status quo during the pendancy of the action.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The prevailing party shall be entitled to an award of attorney fees and costs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2007, c. 165, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2007.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-151. Additional powers of fence viewers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">When any question arises between parties other than those stated, concerning their rights in fences or their duties in relation to building or maintaining or removing them, such question may be determined by the fence viewers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 169.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-152. Erection and removal of line fence.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A person building a fence may erect the same upon the line between him and the adjacent owners, so that the fence may be partly on one side and partly on the other, and the owner of such fence shall have the same right to remove it as if it were wholly on his land: Provided, that such fence is not more than five (5) feet from such line.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 170.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-153. Legal proceedings or agreement not barred.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The foregoing provisions of this article, shall not bar any other legal proceedings, for the determination of the title of land, or dividing the line between contending owners, nor do they preclude agreement by the parties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 171.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-154. Lawful fence - Construction - Material - Height - Tightening.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A fence made of three rails of good substantial material, or three boards not less than six (6) inches wide and three-quarters (3/4) of an inch thick, such rails or boards to be fastened in or to good substantial posts not more than ten (10) feet apart where rails are used, and not more than eight (8) feet apart where boards are used, where either wholly or in part substantially built and kept in good repair, or any other kind of fence, which, in the opinion of the fence viewers shall be equivalent thereto, shall be declared a lawful fence: Provided, that the lowest or bottom rail, wire or board shall not be more than twenty (20) or less than sixteen (16) inches from the ground, and that such fence shall be fifty-four (54) inches in height, except that a barb wire fence may consist of three barb wires, or four wires, two of which shall be barbed, the wires to be firmly fastened to the posts not more than two (2) rods apart, with two stays between the posts, or with posts not more than one (1) rod apart without such stays, the top wire to be not less than fifty-four (54) nor more than fifty-eight (58) inches in height, and the bottom wire to be not more than twenty (20) or less than sixteen (16) inches from the ground: Provided, further, that all partition fences may be made tight at the expense of the party desiring it, and such party may take from such fence the material by him added thereto whenever he may elect: And provided, further, that when the owner or occupants of adjoining lands both use the fence for the purpose of restraining swine, goats or sheep, each of said owners or occupants shall keep their respective share of the partition fence sufficiently tight to restrain such sheep, goats or swine.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 172.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-155. Damages by animals breaking fences - Seizure.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In districts where fences are required, as in this article provided, the owner of stock shall be liable for all damages done by animals breaking through or over lawful fences and trespassing upon the enclosed lands of another, and the animals so breaking through or over such fence may be seized as trespassing animals and proceeded with as provided in this article.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 173.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-156. Lien of judgment for damages on trespassing stock - Execution.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In all cases where the plaintiff may recover judgment for damages caused by the trespassing of animals of another, the judgment shall be a lien upon the stock so trespassing, and the plaintiff may have special execution for the sale of such stock to satisfy the judgment and costs or general execution as he may elect.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 174.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-181. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-182. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-183. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-184. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 117, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-191. Lien for feeding, grazing and herding.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person employed in feeding, grazing or herding any domestic animals, whether in pasture or otherwise, shall have a lien on said animals for the amount due for such feeding, grazing or herding.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 175.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-192. Lien for furnishing feed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person, partnership, firm or corporation in this state, or in any border county of the adjacent states, furnishing or providing to the owner of such domestic animals any corn, feed, forage or hay, for the sustenance of such domestic animals, shall have a lien on said animals for the amount due for such corn, forage, feed and hay.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 176.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-193. Lien for keeping, boarding or training animal - Scope.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Every person who shall keep, board or train any animal, shall, for the amount due therefor, have a lien on such animal, and on any vehicle, harness or equipment coming into his possession therewith, and no owner or claimant shall have the right to take any such property out of the custody of the person having such lien, except with his consent, or on the payment of such charge; and such lien shall be valid against said property in the possession of any person receiving or purchasing it with notice of such claim.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 177.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-194. Repealed by Laws 2011, c. 123, &sect; 13, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-194.1. Foreclosure of lien upon a domestic animal.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. A person who has a lien upon a domestic animal pursuant to Title 4 of the Oklahoma Statutes may foreclose upon the lien while lawfully in possession of the animal.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The lien may be foreclosed by a sale of the domestic animal upon notice which shall include:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The names of the owner and any other known party or parties who claim any interest in the domestic animal;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. A description of the domestic animal to be sold;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The nature of the work, labor or service performed, or the materials or feed provided, any of which resulted in the creation of the lien, and the value of the work, labor, services, materials or feed;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The time and place of sale; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The name of the party, agent or attorney foreclosing the lien. If the claimant is a business, the name of the contact person shall be shown. In place of an original signature and notary seal, a digital or electronic signature or seal shall be accepted.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The notice may relate to and contain information for more than one domestic animal or lien, provided that the information required pursuant to subsection B of this section is provided for each domestic animal or lien.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The notice shall be posted in three public places in the county where the property is to be sold at least ten (10) days before the time specified for such sale, and shall be mailed to the owner and any other party who claims any interest in the domestic animal, at the last-known post office address, by certified mail. The mailing shall occur at least ten (10) days before the time specified for the sale.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The lienor or any other person may in good faith become a purchaser of the property sold.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. Proceedings for foreclosure under this section shall not be commenced until thirty (30) days after the lien has accrued, except as otherwise provided in the laws of this state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. For purposes of this section:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. &ldquo;Constructive possession&rdquo; means possession by a person who, although not in actual possession, does not have an intention to abandon property, who knowingly has both the power and the intent at a given time to exercise dominion or control over the property, and who holds claim to the property pursuant to a legal right;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. &ldquo;Commercially reasonable sale&rdquo; shall include, but not be limited to, any auction which members of the public may attend and bid;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. A &ldquo;party who claims any interest in the domestic animal&rdquo; shall include:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;all owners of the domestic animal,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;any secured party who has a properly perfected lien in accordance with the laws of this state, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;any other person having any interest in the domestic animal, of whom the claimant has actual notice; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. &ldquo;Possession&rdquo; shall include actual possession and constructive possession.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. The method described in this section for foreclosing upon a lien is in addition to, and not exclusive of, any other method under the laws of this state by which the lien may be properly foreclosed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I. Nothing in this section shall be construed to create any new lien rights or limit any existing lien rights provided under the laws of this state; provided, however, this act shall not apply to liens created pursuant to Section 156 of Title 4 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">J. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, the method of foreclosing upon a lien set forth in this section shall not be used for any lien created pursuant to Section 156 of Title 4 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">K. Any person who is induced by means of a check or other form of written order for immediate payment of money to deliver possession of a domestic animal on which the person has a lien created by subsection A of this section, which check or other written order is dishonored or is not paid when presented, shall have a lien for the amount thereof upon the personal property. The person claiming such lien shall, within thirty (30) days from the date of dishonor of the check or other written order for payment of money, file an Effective Financing Statement pursuant to Sections 1-9-320.1 through 1-9-320.7 of Title 12A of the Oklahoma Statutes or a financing statement pursuant to Section 1-9-501 of Title 12A of the Oklahoma Statutes, as applicable to the personal property, along with a sworn statement that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The check or other written order for immediate payment of money, copy thereof being attached, was received for feeding, furnishing feed, or keeping a domestic animal;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The check or other written order was not paid; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The uttering of the check or other written order constituted the means for inducing the person, one possessed of a special lien created by subsection A of this section upon the described domestic animal, to deliver up the domestic animal.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">L. Any person who renders service to the owner of a domestic animal by feeding, furnishing feed, or keeping a domestic animal shall have a lien on such domestic animal pursuant to this section if such property is removed from the person&rsquo;s possession, without such person&rsquo;s written consent or without payment for such service.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The person claiming such lien shall, within thirty (30) days of such nonauthorized removal, file an Effective Financing Statement pursuant to Sections 1-9-320.1 through 1-9-320.7 of Title 12A of the Oklahoma Statutes or a financing statement pursuant to Section 1-9-501 of Title 12A of the Oklahoma Statutes, as applicable to the personal property, along with a sworn statement including:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;that services were rendered on or in relation to the domestic animal by the person claiming the lien,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;that the domestic animal was in the possession of the person claiming the lien but the domestic animal was removed without the person&rsquo;s consent,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;an identifying description of the domestic animal on or in relation to which the service was rendered, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;that the debt for the services rendered on or in relation to the domestic animal was not paid. Provided, if the unpaid total amount of the debt for services rendered on or in relation to the domestic animal is unknown, an approximated amount of the debt shall be included in the sworn statement. The approximated debt may be amended within thirty (30) days of filing to reflect the actual amount of the debt.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The enforcement of the lien shall be within one hundred twenty (120) days after filing the lien in the manner provided by law for enforcing the lien of a security agreement and provided that the lien shall not affect the rights of innocent, intervening purchasers without notice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 123, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-195. Letting male animals to service - Advertisement of terms - Publication or posting - Acceptance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The owner or keeper of any stallion, jack or bull may advertise the terms upon which he will let such animal to service by publication thereof in some newspaper in the county where such animal is kept for a period of sixty (60) days during the season of each year, or by printed handbills conspicuously posted during such period, in four or more public places in said county, including the place where such animal is kept; and the publication or posting as aforesaid of the terms of such service shall impart notice thereof to the owner of any female animal served by such stallion, jack or bull, during such season; and in all actions and controversies in respect to the foal or other product of such service, the owner of such female animal so served shall be deemed to have accepted and assented to said terms, when so advertised or posted as provided herein.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 179.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-196. Filing of certificate of service - Lien on offspring - Notice to third parties - Lien without certificate.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">When the said terms of such service by any such animal, published or posted as provided in the next preceding section, shall provide that the foal or other product of such service will be held for the money due for the service of such stallion, jack or bull, then and in that event the owner or keeper of any such animal may file, with the register of deeds of the county in which such animal is kept for service, a certificate signed by the owner of the female bred, or his representative, also by the owner or keeper of the male animal rendering the service, stating the terms of such service, a description of the female served, also a description of the male rendering the service, the date of service and acceptance of terms by owner of female; and such certificate, if filed within three (3) months after the rendering of such service, shall become and continue a lien on the offspring for the period of six (6) months after the birth thereof, and the filing of such certificate shall be constructive notice to any third party of the existence of the lien: Provided, that as between the owner of any stallion, jack or bull, as provided in the preceding section, and the owner of any female served, a lien shall exist notwithstanding no certificate as herein provided shall be filed or notice given as in this article provided.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 180.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-197. Record of certificates - Compensation of register of deeds.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The register of deeds of each county shall be required to provide and keep in his office a well-bound book with an index in which such certificates shall be recorded in the order in which they are filed, and as compensation in full for filing and recording such certificates the register of deeds shall receive from the parties filing them the sum of ten cents ($0.10) for every one hundred words.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 181.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-198. False or fictitious pedigree - False representation of recording or eligibility for record - Forfeiture of rights.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If any keeper of such stallion, jack or bull shall offer and advertise to let the service of such animal, and shall give a false or fictitious pedigree, knowing the same to be false, or shall falsely represent such animal to be recorded or eligible to be recorded in any of the various books of record kept for recording animals of that breed, he shall forfeit all claim to the value of the services rendered by such animal, and shall not be entitled to the benefits of any provision of this article.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 182.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-199. Enforcement of lien by replevin.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">For the purpose of enforcing such lien upon default in the payment of the sum secured, the lienor may proceed by replevin in any court of competent jurisdiction and possess himself of the encumbered property, and hold the same subject to such judgment as he shall recover.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 183.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-200. Judgment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Upon the rendition of judgment, if for the lienor, it shall be for the sum found due, with costs of suit and that the lien be enforced against the property by execution and sale as in ordinary sales under execution; but if such finding be for the defendant, judgment shall be entered in his favor as in ordinary actions of replevin.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 184.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-201. Proceedings governed by general replevin laws.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All proceedings under this article, where not herein otherwise specifically provided, shall be governed by the general laws of the state concerning replevin.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 185.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-201.1. Short title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Sections 2 through 12 of this act shall be known and may be cited as the "Livestock Owner&rsquo;s Lien Act of 2011".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 123, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-201.2. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in the Livestock Owner&rsquo;s Lien Act of 2011:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. &ldquo;Affiliate&rdquo; means any person who is controlled, directly or indirectly, by a first purchaser, or who controls, directly or indirectly, a first purchaser. "Control" or "controlled by" means the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of a person, whether through ownership, by contract, or otherwise;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Agreement to sell" means any enforceable agreement, whether oral or written, by which a livestock owner, either directly or through a sales agent, agrees to sell livestock to a first purchaser;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Article 9" means Article 9 of the Oklahoma Uniform Commercial Code in effect as of the relevant date or a comparable article under the uniform commercial code of another state to the extent applicable;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. "First purchaser" means the first person that purchases livestock, either directly or through a sales agent, under an agreement to sell;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. &ldquo;Livestock&rdquo; means cattle, bison, horses, sheep, goats, asses, mules, swine, domesticated rabbits, chickens, turkeys, or any domesticated animal raised primarily for human food consumption;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. "Livestock owner" means a person owning an interest in livestock before the acquisition thereof by a first purchaser;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. &ldquo;Owner&rsquo;s lender&rdquo; means a person that has a valid mortgage lien or security interest in a livestock owner&rsquo;s livestock at the time of delivery of such Livestock to the first purchaser;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. "Owner&rsquo;s lien" means the lien granted by this act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. "Permitted lien" means any of the following liens or security interests:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;a mortgage lien or security interest granted by a first purchaser which secures payment under a written instrument of indebtedness signed by the first purchaser and accepted in writing by the payee thereof prior to the effective date of this act with a principal amount and a fixed maturity stated therein; provided, however, a permitted lien does not include a mortgage lien or security interest which:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls5"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;secures payment of any indebtedness incurred after the effective date of this act,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls5"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;secures payment under a written instrument of indebtedness not signed by a first purchaser and accepted in writing by the payee thereof prior to the effective date of this act,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls5"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;secures payment under a written instrument of indebtedness modified, amended or restated from or after the effective date of this act which modification, amendment or restatement increases the principal amount which was owing at the effective date of this act,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls5"><span class="cls0">(4)&nbsp;&nbsp;secures payment under a written instrument of indebtedness modified, amended or restated from or after the effective date of this act which modification, amendment or restatement extends the stated maturity thereof which was in effect at the effective date of this act, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls5"><span class="cls0">(5)&nbsp;&nbsp;is not validly perfected with a first priority against the claims of all persons under applicable law other than persons holding a statutory or regulatory lien as to which first priority is granted by statute or regulation, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;a validly perfected and enforceable lien created by statute in relation to livestock purchased under an agreement to sell which secures payment of any indebtedness incurred by the first purchaser prior to the effective date of this act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. "Person" means any individual, executor, administrator, estate, agent, trust, trustee, institution, receiver, business trust, firm, business entity, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, cooperative, joint venture, governmental entity or agency, association or any other group or combination acting as a unit;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. "Proceeds" means:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;any right or amount paid or to be paid in consideration of, or as a consequence of, the sale of livestock such as cash proceeds, accounts, chattel paper, instruments, or payment intangibles, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;any by-products from the slaughter of livestock, or any right or amount paid or to be paid in consideration of, or as a consequence of, the sale of such by-products;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. "Purchaser" means a person who is not an affiliate of a first purchaser and who takes, receives or purchases livestock from a first purchaser;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. "Sales agent" means any person who is authorized, including, without limitation, a livestock auction, auctioneer, commission company, or broker, to sell livestock on behalf of, or for the benefit of, another person; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. "Sales price" means the amount a first purchaser agrees to pay a livestock owner or sales agent under an agreement to sell.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 123, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-201.3. Livestock lien - Existence - Validity.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. To secure the obligations of a first purchaser to pay the sales price, every livestock owner is granted a lien in all livestock sold by such livestock owner, for any unpaid portion of the sales price for such livestock. The lien granted by this act is granted and shall exist as part of and incident to the ownership of livestock.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. An owner&rsquo;s lien:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Exists in and attaches immediately to all livestock on the effective date of this act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Continues uninterrupted and without lapse in all livestock upon and after sale of any livestock; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Continues uninterrupted and without lapse in and to all proceeds.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. An owner&rsquo;s lien exists until the livestock owner or sales agent entitled to receive the sales price has received the full amount of the sales price. Any security interest or mortgage lien of an owner&rsquo;s lender shall attach to the livestock owner&rsquo;s right to an owner&rsquo;s lien in livestock or proceeds from the sale of the livestock. An owner&rsquo;s lender shall not be considered to have waived its security interest or mortgage lien or right in an owner&rsquo;s lien by approving or authorizing the livestock owner to sell the livestock pursuant to the sales agreement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The validity of an owner&rsquo;s lien shall not be dependent on possession of the livestock by a livestock owner or sales agent. No owner&rsquo;s lien shall become or be deemed to be void or expired by reason of a change or transfer of the actual or constructive possession of or title to the livestock from the livestock owner or sales agent to a first purchaser or subsequent purchaser.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 123, &sect; 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-201.4. Perfection of lien.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">An owner&rsquo;s lien is granted and exists as part of and incident to the ownership of livestock and is perfected automatically from the effective date of this act without the need to file a financing statement or any other type of documentation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 123, &sect; 5, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-201.5. Commingled livestock - Priority.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If livestock subject to an owner&rsquo;s lien are commingled with other livestock in such a manner that the identity of the specific livestock subject to the owner&rsquo;s lien cannot be determined by reasonable means, then the owner&rsquo;s lien continues without interruption into and attaches to such commingled livestock and is perfected automatically as of the date of its original perfection but only as to the percentage of the commingled livestock equal to the number of livestock to which the owner&rsquo;s lien originally attached. In such event, the owner&rsquo;s lien in the commingled livestock has priority over any security interest or other lien that is not an owner&rsquo;s lien or permitted lien, whether or not the security interest or other lien has been properly perfected. If more than one owner&rsquo;s lien attaches to the commingled livestock, then the owner&rsquo;s liens rank equally in the proportion that the respective sales prices secured by each owner&rsquo;s lien bears as a percentage of the total of the sales prices secured by all owner&rsquo;s liens applicable at the time the livestock were commingled.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 123, &sect; 6, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-201.6. Transfer of lien due to sale.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. A purchaser or sales agent takes free of any owner&rsquo;s lien otherwise applicable to the livestock so purchased and shall be relieved of any obligations created by subsection A of Section 4 of this act if the purchaser or sales agent has paid the full amount of required consideration for the livestock pursuant to a good faith, noncollusive agreement to purchase such livestock. If a purchaser or sales agent has paid the full amount of consideration as set forth in this section, the owner&rsquo;s lien shall transfer to the proceeds paid by the purchaser or sales agent. Except as specifically provided by this section, an owner&rsquo;s lien has priority over the rights of any purchaser or sales agent.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Notwithstanding subsection A of this section, the owner&rsquo;s lien shall continue uninterrupted in the proceeds paid to or otherwise due the first purchaser. Except as specifically set forth in this section, an owner&rsquo;s lien has priority over the rights of any purchaser.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 123, &sect; 7, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-201.7. Lien priority.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Except for a permitted lien, an owner&rsquo;s lien takes priority over any other lien, whether arising by contract, law, equity or otherwise.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 123, &sect; 8, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-201.8. Applicability of act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The provisions of this act shall not affect the time at which legal title to livestock may pass by agreement or operation of law subject to an owner&rsquo;s lien.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 123, &sect; 9, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-201.9. Prohibition of waiver, relinquishment, or release of lien.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">No livestock owner shall be required, as a condition or term of an agreement to sell or otherwise, to waive, relinquish or release any owner&rsquo;s lien or any rights under this act other than upon payment in full of the sales price or agree to any provision that would apply the law of any state other than this state insofar as the same relates to rights under this act, and any such purported waiver, relinquishment, release, or provision shall be void as a matter of the public policy of this state. Provided, however, any livestock owner or sales agent acting on behalf of a livestock owner, may waive, relinquish or release any owner&rsquo;s lien or any rights under this act or agree to a provision that would apply the law of any state other than this state insofar as the same relates to rights under this act provided the first purchaser either:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Posts a letter of credit in form and amount satisfactory to the livestock owner or sales agent; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Agrees to a binding contractual arrangement satisfactory in form and substance to the livestock owner or sales agent to prepay or escrow the sales price under an agreement to sell in form and substance satisfactory to the livestock owner and performs all of the first purchaser&rsquo;s obligations thereunder.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 123, &sect; 10, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-201.10. Lien expiration - Commencement of action.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. An owner&rsquo;s lien shall expire one (1) year after the last day of the month following the date the sales price from the sale of livestock subject to such lien are required by law or contract to be paid to such livestock owner but only as to the particular livestock sold during such month, unless an action to enforce the owner&rsquo;s lien is commenced within such time in a court of competent jurisdiction.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. If a sales agent advances the sales price for livestock to the livestock owner before the first purchaser pays the sales prices to the livestock owner or sales agent, the sales agent shall assume and be entitled to enforce all rights of the livestock owner under this act as to such livestock or proceeds thereof.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. In addition to any other court of competent jurisdiction, an action to enforce the owner&rsquo;s lien may be commenced in the district court of the county where the agreement to sell was entered, where the sales price was to be paid, where the unpaid for livestock are located, or wherever the proceeds may be found. Provided, however, the commencement of any proceeding by or against any person claiming an interest in any property subject to the owner&rsquo;s lien seeking to adjudicate such person as bankrupt or insolvent, or seeking liquidation, winding up, reorganization, arrangement, adjustment, protection, relief, or composition of such person or such person&rsquo;s debts under any law relating to bankruptcy, insolvency or reorganization or relief of debtors, or seeking the entry of an order for relief or the appointment of a receiver, trustee or other similar official for such person or for any substantial part of such person&rsquo;s property shall toll the foregoing one (1) year period in which to commence an action to enforce the owner&rsquo;s lien for an additional period of ninety (90) days from the earlier of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The final conclusion or dismissal of such proceedings; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The date final relief is obtained from the applicable tribunal authorizing the commencement of such action.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The prevailing party in any action to enforce the provisions of this act shall be entitled to recover reasonable attorney fees and costs in any legal proceeding.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Nothing in this act shall be construed to impair or affect the right of any livestock owner or sales agent to maintain a personal action to recover the debt against any person liable for payment of the sales price or to exercise any other rights and remedies available at law or in equity.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 123, &sect; 11, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-201.11. Preference - Owners right to be paid.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The provisions of this act shall not be construed to impair any other rights a livestock owner otherwise may have at law or in equity. In the event a conflict arises between this act and any other rights a livestock owner may have, the livestock owner&rsquo;s right to receive the sales price shall be given preference.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 123, &sect; 12, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-211. Repealed by Laws 1973, c. 15, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-212. Repealed by Laws 1973, c. 15, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-213. Repealed by Laws 1973, c. 15, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-214. Repealed by Laws 1973, c. 15, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-215. Repealed by Laws 1973, c. 15, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-216. Repealed by Laws 1973, c. 15, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-217. Repealed by Laws 1973, c. 15, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-218. Repealed by Laws 1973, c. 15, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-219. Repealed by Laws 1973, c. 15, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-220. Repealed by Laws 1973, c. 15, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-221. Repealed by Laws 1973, c. 15, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-222. Repealed by Laws 1973, c. 15, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-223. Repealed by Laws 1973, c. 15, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-224. Repealed by Laws 1973, c. 15, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-225. Repealed by Laws 1973, c. 15, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-226. Repealed by Laws 1973, c. 15, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-227. Repealed by Laws 1973, c. 15, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-228. Repealed by Laws 1973, c. 15, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-229. Repealed by Laws 1973, c. 15, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-230. Repealed by Laws 1973, c. 15, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4251. Duties of parties butchering stock or purchasing hides Records Retention of hides for inspection Violations of provisions Penalties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All parties butchering stock or purchasing hides or pelts, in the state, shall be required to keep a record of the marks, brands, color, from whom purchased, and by the party butchering, the sex and age. They shall be required to keep all hides together, with horns and ears complete, for at least five (5) days from the time of butchering the same during the months of May, June, July, August, September and October, and, during the remaining months of the year, ten (10) days, said hides to be free for inspection to anyone wishing to see the same. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction in any court of competent jurisdiction, shall be fined in any sum not less than Twentyfive Dollars ($25.00), nor more than Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00) or shall be imprisoned in the county jail not less than ten (10) days nor more than six (6) months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 186. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-252. Repealed by Laws 1949, p. 43, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-253. Repealed by Laws 1949, p. 43, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-254. Repealed by Laws 1949, p. 43, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-255. Repealed by Laws 1949, p. 43, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-256. Repealed by Laws 1949, p. 43, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-257. Repealed by Laws 1949, p. 43, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-258. Repealed by Laws 1949, p. 43, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-259. Repealed by Laws 1949, p. 43, &sect; 1, 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-260. Repealed by Laws 1949, p. 43, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-261. Repealed by Laws 1949, p. 43, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-262. Repealed by Laws 1949, p. 43, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-263. Repealed by Laws 1949, p. 43, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-264. Repealed by Laws 1949, p. 43, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-265. Repealed by Laws 1949, p. 43, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-266. Repealed by Laws 1949, p. 43, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-267. Repealed by Laws 1949, p. 43, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-268. Fraudulent branding - Branding over or obliterating previous brand - Penalties - Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Any person who shall with intent to defraud, brand or misbrand, mark or mismark any neat domestic animal, not his own; or shall intentionally brand over a previous brand or shall cut out or obliterate a previous mark or brand on any neat domestic animal, not his own, shall be guilty of a felony and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary for a term not less than three (3) years nor more than ten (10) years or by imprisonment in the county jail for one (1) year or by a fine not less than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) nor more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00).&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. For purposes of this section:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. &ldquo;Domestic animal&rdquo; means cattle, equinae, sheep, goat, hog, poultry and exotic livestock; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. &ldquo;Exotic livestock&rdquo; means commercially raised exotic livestock including animals of the families bovidae, cervidae and antilocapridae or birds of the ratite group.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 203. Amended by Laws 1947, p. 33, &sect; 1; Laws 1963, c. 110, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 31, 1963; Laws 1993, c. 36, &sect; 4, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 1997, c. 133, &sect; 122, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 1999, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 5, &sect; 53, eff. July 1, 1999.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Laws 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, &sect; 23 amended the effective date of Laws 1997, c. 133, &sect; 122 from July 1, 1998, to July 1, 1999.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-269. Destruction of cattle hides or brands a misdemeanor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person who shall burn, or in any manner destroy any cattle hides, or cut or destroy any brands on same, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 204.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-270. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 400, &sect; 4, eff. July 1, 1965.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-270.1. Repealed by Laws 1968, c. 107, &sect; 3, eff. April 1, 1968.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-270.2. Enforcement of laws pertaining to livestock brands.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The laws of this state relating to violations and investigations of livestock brands shall be enforced and carried out by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and any agriculture law enforcement agent of the state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All responsibilities and duties relating to brand registry, keeping of records and maintenance of files are hereby delegated to the State Board of Agriculture.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Board is authorized to enter into contracts with state livestock associations to register and record marks and brands and to make compensation for services. The Board may also appoint agents to receive fees and monies and perform other duties as it may direct; provided, that the agent shall file with and in favor of the Board a fidelity bond executed by a surety company authorized to do business in this state, conditioned on the faithful performance of their duties, a strict accounting of all funds to the Board and on other terms and conditions as the Board may deem necessary, in a penal sum as the Board may require. All fees and monies shall be deposited in the State Department of Agriculture Trust Fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1965, c. 400, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 1965. Amended by Laws 1968, c. 107, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 1, 1968; Laws 2009, c. 373, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-270.3. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-271. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-272. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-273. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-274. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-275. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-276. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-277. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-278. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-279. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-280. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-281. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-282. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-283. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-284. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-291. Repealed by Laws 1943, p. 17, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-292. Repealed by Laws 1943, p. 17, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-293. Repealed by Laws 1943, p. 17, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-294. Repealed by Laws 1943, p. 17, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-295. Repealed by Laws 1943, p. 17, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-311. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 464, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-312. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 464, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-313. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 464, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-314. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 464, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-315. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 464, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-316. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 464, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-317. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 464, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-318. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 464, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-319. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 464, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-320. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-331. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-332. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-333. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-334. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-335. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-341. Livestock shippers - Right to furnish feed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In all cases wherein any shipper of livestock has contracted with any person, firm or corporation for the use of feeding pens or impounding pens in stockyards in the State of Oklahoma wherein said lessee keeps livestock for the purpose of disposing of the same to packing plants or otherwise, said lessee shall have the right and is hereby authorized and empowered to furnish feed for the purpose of feeding said livestock without purchasing the same from the lessor of said pens or any other person.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1933, c. 146, p. 320, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-342. Refusal to permit lessees of pens to furnish feed - Penalties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person, firm or corporation who refuses to permit the lessee of pens, as provided in Section 1 hereof, to furnish their own feed and feed the same to the livestock of such lessees while impounded in pens belonging to lessors, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and punished by a fine of not to exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not exceeding thirty (30) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1933, c. 146, p. 320, &sect; 2.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-351. Driver of vehicle carrying livestock, domestic fowls or ratite - Permit or statement authorizing movement - Violations - Penalties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person who is the driver of any truck, automobile or other vehicle containing any livestock, domestic fowls or ratite or any slaughtered livestock, slaughtered domestic fowls or ratite or the butchered portions of any of which he is not the owner and which is upon or being driven upon any land of which said driver is not owner, lessee, renter or tenant, or which is upon or being driven upon any highway, public street or thoroughfare, who fails to have in his possession and exhibit to any meat inspector, sheriff or deputy sheriff upon demand a written permit authorizing said movement, signed by the owner or caretaker of said livestock, domestic fowls or ratite, or from the owner or person in control of the land from which said driver began said movement, shall be fined not more than Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00) for each head of livestock in said movement, unless said driver upon demand of said meat inspector, sheriff or deputy sheriff makes, signs and delivers to said meat inspector, sheriff or deputy sheriff a written statement containing all information herein required to be included in permits. Said permit or statement shall contain a description of each head of livestock, domestic fowls and ratites, and the place of origin thereof, including the name of ranch, market center, packing house or other place, and the kind, breed, color and marks and brands of such livestock, domestic fowls or ratites, if there be any. Failure or refusal of such driver to exhibit to a person or peace officer said permit or to make said statement shall constitute probable cause for any meat inspector, sheriff or deputy sheriff to search said truck or vehicle to ascertain if it contains any stolen livestock, domestic fowls or ratites and to detain said movement a reasonable length of time to ascertain whether any stolen livestock, domestic fowls or ratites are contained therein, but the person detaining said movement shall provide adequate care and feed for such livestock, domestic fowls or ratites while said livestock, domestic fowls or ratites are being detained. Any driver who has in his possession any false or forged permit or who makes any false written statement shall be fined not less than Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00) nor more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or he shall be imprisoned in the county jail not less than sixty (60) days nor more than six (6) months, or he shall be punished by both such fine and imprisonment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1935, p. 193, &sect; 1. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 36, &sect; 5, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-361. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-362. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-363. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-364. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-365. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-366. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-367. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-368. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-369. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-370. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-371. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-372. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-373. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 97, art. 11, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-391. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in this act, (a) "Institution" means any school or college of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine or agriculture, medical diagnostic laboratory, hospital, or other educational or scientific establishment having to do with the investigation of or instruction concerning the structure or functions of living organisms, the causes, prevention, control or cure of diseases or abnormal conditions of human beings or animals provided that high schools and elementary schools shall not be classed as institutions for the purposes of this act. (b) "Public pound" means any place used by a city or the state for the detention or keeping of unclaimed or stray animals.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 9, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-392. Application and issuance of license.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">An institution requiring for the effective carrying on of its scientific or educational activities the use of live dogs and cats may apply to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry for a license to obtain animals from the establishment maintained and operated by public funds for the confinement, care and disposal of animals seized by public authority, commonly called the "dog pound". If the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry finds that the institution, by reason of its ethical standards, its personnel, its facilities and the uses it proposes to make of animals is a fit and proper agency to receive a license, and that the public interest would be served by the issuance of a license to the institution, it shall issue a license to the institution, subject to the restrictions and limitations hereinafter provided.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 9, &sect; 2. Amended by Laws 2012, c. 108, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-393. Expiration and renewal of licenses.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A license shall expire annually on June 30, but may be renewed annually from year to year on application to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry, and on compliance with the conditions required with respect to the original issuance of the license.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 9, &sect; 3. Amended by Laws 2012, c. 108, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-394. Delivery of animals on demand &ndash; Municipal ordinances relating to impoundment and scientific research.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Except as otherwise provided by municipal ordinance, it shall be the duty of the pound supervisor to deliver from among the available impounded animals on the demand of an institution possessing a license, such number of animals as the institution may demand and be reasonably required effectively to carry on its activities, subject to the following conditions:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Such animals shall have been impounded at least fifteen (15) days for dogs without a license, and at least thirty (30) days for dogs with license and remained unclaimed and unredeemed by their owners or by any other person desiring the animal as a pet and willing to pay applicable license fees and the reasonable expenses incurred in the dog's detention; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Any owner of an animal who voluntarily delivers the possession of it to a public pound shall have a right to specify that it shall not be used for scientific research, and if an owner so specifies, it shall be the duty of the pound superintendent to tag such animal properly and to make certain that such animal is not delivered to an institution for scientific purposes; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. If a demand is made on a pound supervisor for a greater number of dogs than he has available for release to the institution, the supervisor shall withhold thereafter from execution all unclaimed and unredeemed dogs until the demand has been met; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Any animal in the pound to which an identification tag is attached may not be disposed of until the owner has been notified.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Any city may adopt an ordinance setting the number of days an animal must be impounded and setting restrictions or prohibitions on the delivery of animals for scientific research.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 9, &sect; 4. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 210, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-395. Transportation of dogs - Purposes for which used.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The licensed institution shall provide for the transportation of dogs from the pound, and may use them only in the conduct of their scientific or educational activities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 10, &sect; 5.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-396. Return of dogs subsequently claimed - Immunity from liability.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">An institution shall at its own expense return to appropriate dog pound any dog delivered to it which subsequently is identified and claimed by its owner; provided, however, that no institution shall be liable to the owner for any injury or illness or subsequent death of any such animal, resulting from the transportation, detention, or proper use of the dog in its scientific and educational activities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 10, &sect; 6.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-397. Revocation of licenses.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry, after notice and a reasonable opportunity to defend, may revoke the license granted an institution (1) if the institution has violated any provision of this act or any rule or regulation promulgated by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry pursuant hereto; (2) if the standards, personnel, facilities, practices or activities of an institution are such that the continued exercise of the rights conferred by the license issued to the institution is not in the public interest.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 10, &sect; 7. Amended by Laws 2012, c. 108, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-398. Obtaining dogs from other sources.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Nothing in this act shall be construed to affect the right of an institution to obtain dogs from sources other than dog pounds.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 10, &sect; 8.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-399. Rules and regulations - Inspections and investigations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry shall have the power to adopt such rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the laws of Oklahoma, as it may deem necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this act. The Secretary of Agriculture shall have the right whenever it deems advisable to inspect or investigate any institution to which it has granted a license or which has applied for a license.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Effective November 1, 2012, all records maintained by the State Board of Health for the purposes of licensing institutions pursuant to Sections 391 through 402 of this title shall be transferred to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 10, &sect; 9. Amended by Laws 2012, c. 108, &sect; 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-400. Interpretation and construction of law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">This act shall be so interpreted and construed as to effect its general purpose to make available to qualified institutions for the purpose of scientific investigation, experiment or instruction unclaimed and unredeemed animals impounded in dog pounds.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 10, &sect; 10.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-401. Misdemeanors.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be a misdemeanor for:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(a) Any person or institution to violate any of the provisions of this act or any rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, or (b) Any person to fail willfully to execute any duty imposed on him by this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 10, &sect; 11.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-402. Partial invalidity.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If any provision of this act or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of the act which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this act are declared to be severable.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 10, &sect; 12.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-421. Repealed by Laws 1959, p. 129, &sect; 9.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-421.1. Repealed by Laws 1959, p. 129, &sect; 9.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-422. Repealed by Laws 1959, p. 129, &sect; 9.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-423. Repealed by Laws 1959, p. 129, &sect; 9.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-424. Repealed by Laws 1959, p. 129, &sect; 9.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-425. Repealed by Laws 1959, p. 129, &sect; 9.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-426. Repealed by Laws 1959, p. 129, &sect; 9.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-427. Repealed by Laws 1959, p. 129, &sect; 9.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-428. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-429. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-430. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-431. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-432. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-499. Short title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Sections 1 through 11 of this act shall be known and may be cited as the "Dog and Cat Sterilization Act".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1986, c. 204, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1986.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-499.1. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in the Dog and Cat Sterilization Act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Neuter" means to render a male dog or cat unable to reproduce;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "New owner" or "owner" means a person legally competent to enter into a contract acquiring a dog or cat from a releasing agency;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Releasing agency" means any pound, shelter, or humane society organization, whether public or private;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. "Spay" means to remove the ovaries of a female dog or cat in order to render said animal unable to reproduce; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. "Sterilization" means to spay or neuter a dog or cat.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1986, c. 204, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1986.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-499.2. Spaying or neutering as condition for release of certain animals.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">No dog or cat may be released for adoption from a releasing agency unless said animal has been surgically spayed or neutered; or unless the adopting party signs an agreement to have the animal sterilized, and deposits funds with the releasing agency to ensure that the adopted animal will be spayed or neutered. The amount of the deposit required shall be determined by each individual releasing agency. In no event shall the required deposit be less than Ten Dollars ($10.00).&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1986, c. 204, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1986.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-499.3. Refund of deposit upon proof of spaying or neutering.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The funds deposited with the releasing agency shall be refunded to the adopting party upon the adopting party's presentation of a written statement signed by a licensed veterinarian that the adopted animal has been spayed or neutered. However, no refunds shall be made unless said animal was spayed or neutered within sixty (60) days of adoption in the case of adult animals; or, in the case of infant animals, within thirty (30) days of the date a female animal attained the age of six (6) months, or a male animal attained the age of eight (8) months.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1986, c. 204, &sect; 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1986.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-499.4. Rules - Sterilization agreement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Releasing agencies may adopt any additional rules to implement the Dog and Cat Sterilization Act, provided said rules do not conflict with the provisions or purpose of the Dog and Cat Sterilization Act to require the spaying and neutering of all dogs and cats adopted from releasing agencies. The sterilization agreement to be used by releasing agencies shall be in substantially the following form:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls6"><span class="cls0">STERILIZATION AGREEMENT&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">This Agreement is made and entered into this ____ day of&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">__________, 19__, by and between:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(Releasing Agency) (New Owner)&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls7"><span class="cls0">__________________________&nbsp;&nbsp;______________________________&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls7"><span class="cls0">Name&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Name&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls7"><span class="cls0">__________________________&nbsp;&nbsp;______________________________&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls7"><span class="cls0">Address&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Address&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls7"><span class="cls0">__________________________&nbsp;&nbsp;______________________________&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls7"><span class="cls0">City&nbsp;&nbsp; Telephone&nbsp;&nbsp;City Telephone&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In consideration of the releasing of said animal, and in further consideration of mutual obligations herein, Releasing Agency releases the following animal to the New Owner:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls8"><span class="cls0">_________________________________________________________ (describe animal)&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Releasing Agency agrees to release the above listed animal into the care of the New Owner and refund the New Owner's spay/neuter deposit provided that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;The animal is sterilized by a graduate licensed&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">veterinarian by ______________________&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0"> (give date)&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;A written statement signed by the veterinarian&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">performing the sterilization, that the animal has&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">been sterilized by the stated date is given to the&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">Releasing Agency.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. New Owner accepts the above listed animal and agrees:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;To have the animal sterilized by a graduate&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">licensed veterinarian by __________________&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0"> (give date)&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;To provide written evidence to the Releasing Agency&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">from the veterinarian performing the sterilization&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">that the animal has been sterilized by the above&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">date listed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">This Agreement shall be binding upon the assigns, heirs, executors and administrators of the respective parties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The parties hereto have hereunto set their hands the day and year&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">first above written.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0"> ______________________________&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0"> Releasing Agency (signature of&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0"> agent)&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0"> ______________________________&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0"> New Owner (signature of)&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1986, c. 204, &sect; 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1986.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-499.5. Extension of time to spay or neuter.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Upon presentation of a written report from a licensed veterinarian stating that the life or health of an adopted animal may be jeopardized by surgery, the releasing agency shall grant a thirty-day extension of the period within which the spay or neuter surgery would otherwise be required. Further extensions may be granted upon additional veterinary reports stating their necessity.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1986, c. 204, &sect; 6, eff. Nov. 1, 1986.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-499.6. Death of adopted animal - Refund of deposited funds.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If requested to do so, releasing agencies shall refund deposited funds to the adopting party upon reasonable proof being presented to the releasing agency by the adopting party that the adopted animal died before the expiration of the period during which the spaying or neutering was required to be completed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1986, c. 204, &sect; 7, eff. Nov. 1, 1986.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-499.7. Disposition of forfeited funds - Record of accounts.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Funds which have been forfeited by adopting parties shall be placed in a separate account, which shall be an interest bearing account whenever feasible and releasing agencies shall allocate funds from said account to programs which directly promote, subsidize or otherwise reduce the cost of spaying or neutering animals of the releasing agency. The releasing agency shall maintain accurate records of accounts which fund spay/neuter programs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1986, c. 204, &sect; 8, eff. Nov. 1, 1986.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-499.8. Adoption standards.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Subject to the provisions and purposes of the Dog and Cat Sterilization Act and laws of the State of Oklahoma, releasing agencies may establish adoption standards for pets in their care; provided, however, that in the case of public facilities said standards must be reasonably related to the prevention of cruelty to animals, the responsible management of dogs and cats in the interest of preserving public health and welfare, and shall be applied in a fair and equal manner to all potential adopters.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1986, c. 204, &sect; 9, eff. Nov. 1, 1986.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-499.9. Construction of act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The provisions of the Dog and Cat Sterilization Act shall not be construed to require the sterilization of dogs and cats which are being held in releasing agencies which might be claimed by their rightful owners; nor shall it be construed to require the sterilization of dogs and cats held pursuant to the provisions of Section 391-402 of Title 4 of the Oklahoma Statutes. Further, the Dog and Cat Sterilization Act shall not be construed to interfere with municipal ordinances that meet or exceed the dog and cat sterilization requirements set forth in the Dog and Cat Sterilization Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1986, c. 204, &sect; 10, eff. Nov. 1, 1986.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-499.10. Failure to comply with act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Failure to comply with the provisions of the Dog and Cat Sterilization Act shall constitute either a public or private nuisance. Any person may maintain a civil action to enjoin the continuance of said private nuisance. The public nuisance may also be abated by any public body or officer authorized by law to do so.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1986, c. 204, &sect; 11, eff. Nov. 1, 1986.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-501. Disposal of animals kept for pleasure - Method.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Any dog, cat or any other animal which is kept for pleasure rather than utility in or about a household, held by or in the custody of a private or public animal shelter or agency and not reclaimed by the owner, may be disposed of only by:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Adoption as a pet in a suitable home;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Delivery to a licensed educational or research institution in accordance with the provisions of Sections 391 through 402 of this title; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Euthanasia by only one of the following methods:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">a. administration of denatured sodium pentobarbital,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">b. the use of a carbon monoxide chamber, using commercially compressed cylinder gas; provided that kittens and puppies under sixteen (16) weeks of age shall not be euthanized with carbon monoxide but with injections of denatured sodium pentobarbital, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;any other method approved by the Animal Industries Services Division of the State Department of Agriculture which shall include current acceptable euthanasia recommendations from the American Veterinary Medical Association, with the exception of curariform derivative drugs. The following requirements must be met to ensure the euthanasia agent is humane:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls5"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;the method should be as painless as possible to the animal as determined by the best available medical and scientific knowledge and technology,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls5"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;the animal should be kept as free from anxiety and fear as possible,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls5"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;the technique should be:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls9"><span class="cls0">(a)&nbsp;&nbsp;simple enough to be used by relatively unskilled personnel,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls9"><span class="cls0">(b)&nbsp;&nbsp;legally available to all animal shelters and humane societies,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls9"><span class="cls0">(c)&nbsp;&nbsp;as mechanically simple and maintenance free as possible within reasonable cost, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls9"><span class="cls0">(d)&nbsp;&nbsp;physically safe for personnel using it.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Death should be confirmed by cessation of vital signs. Professional judgment should be used in consideration of the animal species and method of euthanasia to determine the means of confirming death.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1981, c. 167, &sect; 1. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 199, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2000.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-502. Denatured sodium pentobarbital - Method of administration &ndash; Possession and purchase by certified animal euthanasia technician.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Denatured sodium pentobarbital shall be administered by any one of the following methods:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Intravenous or intracardial injection of a lethal dose in dogs and cats. Intracardiac injection is acceptable only when performed on heavily sedated, anesthetized, or comatose animals;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Oral ingestion by wild or intractable dogs of powdered denatured sodium pentobarbital in capsules mixed with food, with the dog remaining in its individual cage until dead; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Intraperitoneal or intracardial injection in cats, kittens and puppies when location of and injection into the vein is difficult or impossible. Intracardiac injection is acceptable only when performed on heavily sedated, anesthetized, or comatose animals.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Denatured sodium pentobarbital shall be administered under the following conditions:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. A sharp and undamaged hypodermic needle shall be used for each animal and be of a size suitable for the size and species of animal, and method of injection; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Administration shall be by a licensed veterinarian or by a person trained for this purpose and approved and supervised by a licensed veterinarian, or a person certified as an animal euthanasia technician by the Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners or an animal control officer registered by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control as provided in subsection D of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. 1. Any certified animal euthanasia technician that is registered by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, Drug Enforcement Agency, and who holds a valid certificate issued by the Oklahoma Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners or any animal control officer that is registered by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control is authorized to purchase and possess denatured sodium pentobarbital or other drugs approved by the registering entity for euthanasia of animals provided they are working in conjunction with a law enforcement agency, animal control agency, or animal shelter that is recognized and approved by the Board or the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Denatured sodium pentobarbital and other drugs approved by the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners or the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control shall be the only drugs used for the euthanasia of animals in an animal shelter.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1981, c. 167, &sect; 2. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 199, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2000; Laws 2003, c. 338, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2003.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-503. Carbon monoxide - Administration.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Personnel shall be thoroughly instructed and be adequately trained in the operation and use of the carbon monoxide chamber. Carbon monoxide shall be administered in the following manner:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Adult animals, over sixteen (16) weeks of age, to be euthanized, shall be left in the chamber for a minimum of twenty (20) minutes after the carbon monoxide is administered. No animal so euthanized shall be removed until five (5) minutes after cessation of respiratory movements. The animal's body shall not be disposed of until death has been confirmed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1981, c. 167, &sect; 3. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 199, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2000.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-504. Carbon monoxide chambers - Equipment required.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Carbon monoxide chambers shall be equipped with:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Internal lighting and a viewport providing direct visual observation of any animal within the chamber;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Compressed cylinder gas of commercial grade adequate to achieve a uniform carbon monoxide gas concentration throughout the chamber that induces unconsciousness within three (3) minutes after any animal is placed in the chamber;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. A suitable gauge or gas concentration indicator or recording device making possible easy and instantaneous visual determination of the carbon monoxide concentration in the chamber;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. A means of keeping the animals in the chamber in separate compartments;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. An exhaust fan connected by a gas-tight duct to the outdoors, capable of completely evacuating the gas from the chamber before it is opened after each use, for protection of personnel. There shall also be a gas analyzer located in the room that is capable of warning personnel of hazardous concentrations while the chamber is being used. Small carbon monoxide chambers without exhaust fan or warning bell may be placed outdoors, provided they are placed under a shelter with a roof for protection of equipment and personnel, but open at the sides for ventilation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1981, c. 167, &sect; 4. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 199, &sect; 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2000.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-505. Repealed by Laws 2000, c. 199, &sect; 8, eff. Nov. 1, 2000.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-506. Municipality not having proper facilities and personnel - Manner of disposal.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any municipality that does not have proper facilities and trained personnel shall transport in a humane manner any animals which are to be euthanized to the nearest municipality which has proper facilities and trained personnel or contract for euthanasia of such animals by a licensed veterinarian.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1981, c. 167, &sect; 6.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-507. Violation of act as nuisance - Injunction - Abatement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Failure by any private or public animal shelter to comply with the provisions of this act for euthanizing animals shall constitute a nuisance. Any person may maintain a civil action to enjoin the continuance of the nuisance. If the acts sought to be enjoined are determined by the courts to violate the provisions of this act, a permanent injunction against such acts shall be granted. The nuisance may also be abated by any public body or officer authorized to do so by law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1981, c. 167, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-508. Exemptions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The provisions of Sections 1 through 7 of this act shall not apply to any municipality with a population of ten thousand (10,000) or less persons according to the latest Federal Decennial Census. However, unclaimed animals must be destroyed by an acceptable, humane method.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1981, c. 167, &sect; 8.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-511. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in this act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. &ldquo;Abandon&rdquo; includes leaving an animal without making reasonable arrangements for assumption of custody by another person; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. &ldquo;Neglect&rdquo; means unreasonable deprivation of necessary food, care, or shelter.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2007, c. 116, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2007.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-512. Seizure of abandoned or neglected animals - Divestment of ownership.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. If a law enforcement officer has reason to believe that an animal has been abandoned or neglected in violation of Sections 1685 or 1692 through 1700 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes, the officer may apply in a court of competent jurisdiction for a warrant to seize the animal. Upon a showing of probable cause, the court shall issue a warrant and set a hearing within ten (10) calendar days of the date of issuance to determine if a violation of such statutes has occurred. Upon execution of the warrant, the animal shall be impounded and the owner of the animal shall receive written notice of the time and place of a hearing to determine whether the owner&rsquo;s right to ownership of the animal shall be terminated.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. If the court finds that the owner of the animal has not abandoned or neglected the animal, the court shall order the animal returned to the owner.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. If the court finds that the owner of the animal has abandoned or neglected the animal, the owner shall be divested of ownership of the animal, and the court shall order:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The ownership of the animal be transferred to a nonprofit animal shelter, pound or society for the protection of animals so that the animal may be sold or adopted; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The animal be humanely destroyed if the court determines that the best interests of the animal or that the public health and safety would be served by doing so.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. If the court finds that the owner of the animal has abandoned or neglected the animal, the court shall order the owner to pay all court costs, any reasonable costs incurred for housing and caring for the animal during impoundment, and any reasonable costs incurred for humanely destroying the animal if ordered by the court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2007, c. 116, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2007.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4-602. Pet overpopulation &ndash; Gifts, grants and donations - Programs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry, through the State Veterinarian, may:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Adopt an education program concerning pet overpopulation with emphasis on the importance of spaying and neutering to control pet overpopulation;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Accept gifts, grants, and donations, including personal services. Any gift, grant, or donation other than personal services shall be deposited into the Oklahoma Pet Overpopulation Fund created in Section 17 of this act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Develop, adopt, and implement a cooperative process for working with animal shelters, veterinarians, and local communities concerning pet overpopulation in this state; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Enter into contracts with entities for the evaluation and selection of program applicants.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. When expending funds to implement this section, the State Veterinarian shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Establish a method for publishing, accepting, and evaluating grant applications for spay and neuter programs; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Give priority to the areas that have demonstrated the greatest need.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2004, c. 504, &sect; 20, eff. July 1, 2004.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: An identical section added by Laws 2004, c. 366, &sect; 3 repealed by Laws 2004, c. 1, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. March 15, 2005.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </body> </html>

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