SENATE, No. 241
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2010 SESSION
Senator CHRISTOPHER "KIP" BATEMAN
District 16 (Morris and Somerset)
Creates crime of threatening the life of certain animals.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
As amended by the Senate on October 18, 2010.
An Act concerning threats against certain animals and amending P.L.1983, c.261.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. Section 1 of P.L.1983, c.261 (C.2C:29-3.1) is amended to read as follows:
1. a. Any person who purposely kills a dog, horse or other animal owned or used by a law enforcement agency or a search and rescue dog shall be guilty of a crime of the third degree.
b. Any person who purposely maims or otherwise inflicts harm upon a dog, horse or other animal owned or used by a law enforcement agency or a search and rescue dog shall be guilty of a crime of the 1[fourth] third1 degree.
c. Any person who purposely 1[taunts, torments, or threatens the life of] threatens to kill, maim or otherwise inflict harm upon1 a dog, horse or other animal owned or used by a law enforcement agency or a search and rescue dog 1, under circumstances reasonably causing the person to whom the threat is made to believe that it is likely that it will be carried out,1 shall be guilty of a crime of the1[fourth] third1 degree.
d. Any person who interferes with any law enforcement officer using an animal in the performance of his official duties commits a disorderly persons offense, subject to a sentence of six months' imprisonment, some or all of which may be community service, restitution and a $1,000.00 fine.
As used in this section, "search and rescue dog" means any dog trained or being trained for the purpose of search and rescue that is owned by an independent handler or member of a search and rescue team, and used in conjunction with local law enforcement or emergency services organizations for the purpose of locating missing persons or evidence of arson.
(cf: P.L.2005, c.24, s.1)
2. This act shall take effect immediately.