Sec. 7. (a) A person who:

(1) has a vertebrate animal in the person’s custody; and

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

Terms Used In Indiana Code 35-46-3-7

  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
(2) recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally abandons or neglects the animal;

commits cruelty to an animal, a Class A misdemeanor. However, except for a conviction under section 1 of this chapter, the offense is a Level 6 felony if the person has a prior unrelated conviction under this chapter.

     (b) It is a defense to a prosecution for abandoning a vertebrate animal under this section that the person who had the animal in the person’s custody reasonably believed that the vertebrate animal was capable of surviving on its own.

     (c) For purposes of this section, an animal that is feral is not in a person’s custody.

As added by P.L.193-1987, SEC.10. Amended by P.L.171-2007, SEC.8; P.L.111-2009, SEC.12; P.L.158-2013, SEC.558.