|CA - Damages - Injuries to animals; exemplary damages||
Exemplary damages may be given for injuries to animals committed in disregard of humanity either willfully or through gross negligence.
|CA - Cruelty, unattended animal - § 43.100. Property damage or trespass to motor vehicle resulting from rescue of animal;||This California law effective January 1, 2017 states that there is no civil liability for property damage to a motor vehicle if the damage was caused by a person rescuing an animal under Section 597.7 of the Penal Code.|
|CA - Cruelty, exemptions - § 599c. Construction of title; game laws;||
This statute makes it clear that the title is not meant to interfere with “game laws” or the right to destroy venomous reptiles or other dangerous animal. Neither is there an intent to interfere with laws regarding the destruction of certain birds, interfere with the right to kill animals used for food or with scientific experiments.
|CA - Cruelty - § 597.9. Cruelty to animals; persons convicted of specified misdemeanor and felony||
Under this California law, any person convicted of a misdemeanor violation of certain animal cruelty laws (Section 597, or Section 597a, 597b, 597h, 597j, 597s, or 597.1) and who, within five years after the conviction, owns, possesses, maintains, has custody of, resides with, or cares for any animal is guilty of a public offense, punishable by a fine of one thousand dollars ($1,000). Additionally, any person who has been convicted of a felony violation of subdivision (a) or (b) of Section 597, or Section 597b or 597.5, and who, within 10 years after the conviction, owns, possesses, maintains, has custody of, resides with, or cares for any animal is guilty of a public offense, punishable by a fine of one thousand dollars ($1,000).
|CA - Cruelty - § 597.6. Exotic or native wild cat species; alteration of toes, claws or paws||
This California law provides that no person may perform, or otherwise procure or arrange for the performance of, surgical claw removal, declawing, onychectomy, or tendonectomy on any cat that is a member of an exotic or native wild cat species, and shall not otherwise alter such a cat's toes, claws, or paws to prevent the normal function of the cat's toes, claws, or paws. Violation results in a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to one year and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
|CA - Cruelty - § 597.4. Selling or giving away live animals on any street, highway,||
This California statute makes is unlawful (with exceptions) to sell or give away, as part of a commercial transaction, a live animal on any street, highway, public right-of-way, parking lot, carnival, or boardwalk. The first violation is an infraction punishable by a fine up to $250. However, if the animal suffers, is injured, or its life or health is endangered, then the person is guilty of a misdemeanor.
|CA - Cruelty - § 286.5. Sexually assaulting animal; misdemeanor||This California law, amended in 2019, provides that every person who has sexual contact with an animal is guilty of a misdemeanor. Any authorized officer investigating a violation of this section may seize an animal that has been used in the commission of an offense to protect the health or safety of the animal or the health or safety of others, and to obtain evidence of the offense|
|CA - Cruelty - § 13012.8. Contents of annual report; violations of § 597||
This new law effective on January 1, 2017 requires the annual report published by the Department of Justice to include information concerning arrests for violations of Section 597 (the cruelty to animals provision).
|CA - Cruelty - Part 9. Societies for Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Animals.||This set of statutes outlines the rights and responsibilities of corporations that are formed for the prevention of cruelty to animals.|
|CA - Cruelty - Part 11. Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals||This section of California laws concerns the formation and powers of societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals.|