2014 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 4. Animals
§4-30.13. Prohibited conduct - Penalties.

4 OK Stat § 4-30.13 (2014) What's This?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

2. Any violation of subsection E of this section shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Added by Laws 2012, c. 302, § 13, eff. July 1, 2012. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 289, § 12.

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