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Article - Criminal Law


    (a)    (1)    In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.

        (2)    “Collar” means a device constructed of nylon, leather, or similar material specifically designed to be used around the neck of a dog.

        (3)    “Restraint” means a chain, rope, tether, leash, cable, or other device that attaches a dog to a stationary object or trolley system.

    (b)    A person may not leave a dog outside and unattended by use of a restraint:

        (1)    that unreasonably limits the movement of the dog;

        (2)    that uses a collar that:

            (i)    is made primarily of metal; or

            (ii)    is not at least as large as the circumference of the dog’s neck plus 1 inch;

        (3)    that restricts the access of the dog to suitable and sufficient clean water or appropriate shelter;

        (4)    in unsafe or unsanitary conditions; or

        (5)    that causes injury to the dog.

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

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