§ 47-1-10 Definitions
§ 47-1-20 Acts of agents imputed to corporations
§ 47-1-40 Ill-treatment of animals generally; penalties
§ 47-1-50 Cruel work; carriage in vehicles; penalties
§ 47-1-60 Cutting muscles of tails of horses, asses, mules, mares, or geldings prohibited
§ 47-1-70 Abandonment of animals; penalties; hunting dog exception
§ 47-1-75 Immunity from civil and criminal liability
§ 47-1-80 Destruction of abandoned infirm animal
§ 47-1-90 Overloading and length of confinement of animals in railroad cars
§ 47-1-100 Care of animals unloaded during transit
§ 47-1-110 Violations of Sections 47-1-90 and 47-1-100
§ 47-1-120 Custody of animals in charge of arrested persons
§ 47-1-125 Coloring or dying animals prohibited; sale or distribution of certain young animals prohibited; penalty
§ 47-1-130 Arrest by law enforcement officers for violation of laws prohibiting cruelty to animals
§ 47-1-140 Notice to owners; care of animals after arrest of person in charge; lien
§ 47-1-145 Custody and care of animal after arrest; custodial costs
§ 47-1-150 Issuance of search warrant; purpose of section; motions regarding custody of animal; notice; care, disposal of, or return of animal
§ 47-1-170 Penalties for violations of chapter
§ 47-1-200 Requirements for transfer of animals and importation or exportation of dog or cat; penalties for violations
§ 47-1-210 Live animals as prizes; exceptions; penalties
§ 47-1-225 Animal cruelty instruction for certain judges

Terms Used In South Carolina Code > Title 47 > Chapter 1 - Cruelty to Animals

  • Abuse: means physical abuse or psychological abuse. See South Carolina Code 43-35-10
  • Animal: means a living vertebrate creature except a homo sapien. See South Carolina Code 47-1-10
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • Caregiver: means a person who provides care to a vulnerable adult, with or without compensation, on a temporary or permanent or full or part-time basis and includes, but is not limited to, a relative, household member, day care personnel, adult foster home sponsor, and personnel of a public or private institution or facility. See South Carolina Code 43-35-10
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Exploitation: means :

    (a) causing or requiring a vulnerable adult to engage in activity or labor which is improper, unlawful, or against the reasonable and rational wishes of the vulnerable adult. See South Carolina Code 43-35-10
  • Facility: means a nursing care facility, community residential care facility, a psychiatric hospital, or any residential program operated or contracted for operation by the Department of Mental Health or the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. See South Carolina Code 43-35-10
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Investigative entity: means the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, the Adult Protective Services Program in the Department of Social Services, the Vulnerable Adults Investigations Unit of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, or the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Office of the Attorney General. See South Carolina Code 43-35-10
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Neglect: means the failure or omission of a caregiver to provide the care, goods, or services necessary to maintain the health or safety of a vulnerable adult including, but not limited to, food, clothing, medicine, shelter, supervision, and medical services and the failure or omission has caused, or presents a substantial risk of causing, physical or mental injury to the vulnerable adult. See South Carolina Code 43-35-10
  • Oath: A promise to tell the truth.
  • Occupational licensing board: means a health professional licensing board which is a state agency that licenses and regulates health care providers and includes, but is not limited to, the Board of Long Term Health Care Administrators, State Board of Nursing for South Carolina, State Board of Medical Examiners, State Board of Social Work Examiners, and the State Board of Dentistry. See South Carolina Code 43-35-10
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Physical abuse: means intentionally inflicting or allowing to be inflicted physical injury on a vulnerable adult by an act or failure to act. See South Carolina Code 43-35-10
  • Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Protective services: means those services whose objective is to protect a vulnerable adult from harm caused by the vulnerable adult or another. See South Carolina Code 43-35-10
  • Psychological abuse: means deliberately subjecting a vulnerable adult to threats or harassment or other forms of intimidating behavior causing fear, humiliation, degradation, agitation, confusion, or other forms of serious emotional distress. See South Carolina Code 43-35-10
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
  • Shelter: means shelter that reasonably may be expected to protect the animal from physical suffering or impairment of health due to exposure to the elements or adverse weather. See South Carolina Code 47-1-10
  • Sustenance: means adequate food provided at suitable intervals of quantities of wholesome foodstuff suitable for the species and age, sufficient to maintain a reasonable level of nutrition to allow for proper growth and weight and adequate water provided with constant access to a supply of clean, fresh, and potable water provided in a suitable manner for the species. See South Carolina Code 47-1-10
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Vulnerable adult: means a person eighteen years of age or older who has a physical or mental condition which substantially impairs the person from adequately providing for his or her own care or protection. See South Carolina Code 43-35-10