Sec. 11.5. (a) As used in this section, “service animal” means an animal that a person who is impaired by:

(1) blindness or any other visual impairment;

Attorney's Note

Under the Indiana Code, punishments for crimes depend on the classification. In the case of this section:
Level 6 felonybetween 6 mos. and 2 1/2 yearsup to $10,000
Class A misdemeanorup to 1 yearup to $5,000
For details, see Ind. Code § 35-50-2-7 and Ind. Code § 35-50-3-2
(2) deafness or any other aural impairment;

(3) a physical disability; or

(4) a medical condition;

relies on for navigation, assistance in performing daily activities, or alert signals regarding the onset of the person’s medical condition.

     (b) A person who knowingly or intentionally:

(1) interferes with the actions of a service animal; or

(2) strikes, torments, injures, or otherwise mistreats a service animal;

while the service animal is engaged in assisting an impaired person described in subsection (a) commits a Class A misdemeanor.

     (c) An offense under subsection (b)(2) is a Level 6 felony if the act results in the:

(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 service animal.

     (d) It is a defense that the accused person:

(1) engaged in a reasonable act of training, handling, or disciplining the service animal; or

(2) reasonably believed the conduct was necessary to prevent injury to the accused person or another person.

As added by P.L.143-1996, SEC.2. Amended by P.L.9-2003, SEC.4; P.L.158-2013, SEC.565.