A.   Upon conviction, a defendant shall be liable for the reasonable cost of boarding the animal and all necessary veterinary examinations and care provided to the animal.  The amount of these costs shall be offset by the security posted pursuant to Section 30-18-1.2 NMSA 1978.  Unexpended security funds shall be returned to the defendant.   

Terms Used In New Mexico Statutes 30-18-1.3

  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
B.   In the absence of a conviction, the seizing agency shall bear the costs of boarding the animal and all necessary veterinary examinations and care of the animal during the pendency of the proceedings, return the animal, if not previously relinquished, and all of the security posted pursuant to Section 30-18-1.2 NMSA 1978.

History: Laws 1999, ch. 107, § 4; 2009, ch. 43, § 2.