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2013 Indiana Code 35-46-3-11.3. Cruelty to a search and rescue dog

     Note: This version of section effective until 7-1-2014. See also following version of this section, effective 7-1-2014.
    Sec. 11.3. (a) As used in this section, “search and rescue dog” means a dog that receives special training to locate or attempt to locate by air scent or ground or water tracking a person who is an offender or is lost, trapped, injured, or incapacitated.
    (b) A person who knowingly or intentionally:
        (1) interferes with the actions of a search and rescue dog while the dog is performing or is attempting to perform a search and rescue task; or
        (2) strikes, torments, injures, or otherwise mistreats a search

and rescue dog;
commits a Class A misdemeanor.
    (c) An offense under subsection (b)(2) is a Class D felony if the act results in:
        (1) serious permanent disfigurement;
        (2) unconsciousness;
        (3) permanent or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member or organ; or
        (4) death;
of the search and rescue dog.
    (d) It is a defense that the accused person:
        (1) engaged in a reasonable act of training, handling, or disciplining the search and rescue dog; or
        (2) reasonably believed the conduct was necessary to prevent injury to the accused person or another person.
    (e) In addition to any sentence or fine imposed for a conviction of an offense under this section, the court may order the person to make restitution to the person who owns the search and rescue dog for reimbursement of:
        (1) veterinary bills; and
        (2) replacement costs of the dog if the dog is disabled or killed.
As added by P.L.9-2003, SEC.3.

2013 Indiana Code 35-46-3-11.3. Cruelty to a search and rescue dog

     Note: This version of section effective 7-1-2014. See also preceding version of this section, effective until 7-1-2014.
    Sec. 11.3. (a) As used in this section, “search and rescue dog” means a dog that receives special training to locate or attempt to locate by air scent or ground or water tracking a person who is an offender or is lost, trapped, injured, or incapacitated.
    (b) A person who knowingly or intentionally:
        (1) interferes with the actions of a search and rescue dog while the dog is performing or is attempting to perform a search and rescue task; or
        (2) strikes, torments, injures, or otherwise mistreats a search and rescue dog;
commits a Class A misdemeanor.
    (c) An offense under subsection (b)(2) is a Level 6 felony if the act results in:
        (1) serious permanent disfigurement;
        (2) unconsciousness;
        (3) permanent or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member or organ; or
        (4) death;
of the search and rescue dog.
    (d) It is a defense that the accused person:
        (1) engaged in a reasonable act of training, handling, or disciplining the search and rescue dog; or
        (2) reasonably believed the conduct was necessary to prevent

injury to the accused person or another person.
    (e) In addition to any sentence or fine imposed for a conviction of an offense under this section, the court may order the person to make restitution to the person who owns the search and rescue dog for reimbursement of:
        (1) veterinary bills; and
        (2) replacement costs of the dog if the dog is disabled or killed.
As added by P.L.9-2003, SEC.3. Amended by P.L.158-2013, SEC.564.