Full Statute Name:  West's Annotated California Codes. Penal Code. Part 1. Of Crimes and Punishments. Title 14. Malicious Mischief. § 597e. Domestic animals; impounding without sufficient food or water; supply by third party; collection of cost

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Primary Citation:  West's Ann. Cal. Penal Code § 597e Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  October, 2023 Alternate Citation:  CA PENAL § 597e Date Adopted:  1905 Historical: 
Summary: This statute requires anyone who impounds an animal to supply the animal with sufficient food and water. It also states that if an animal is not provided with food and water, a person may enter the pound where the animal is being held, and provide it with food and water without being liable for the entry.

Any person who impounds, or causes to be impounded in any animal shelter, any domestic animal, shall supply it during confinement with a sufficient quantity of good and wholesome food and water, and in default thereof, is guilty of a misdemeanor. In case any domestic animal is at any time so impounded and continues to be without necessary food and water for more than 12 consecutive hours, it is lawful for any person, from time to time, as may be deemed necessary, to enter into and upon any animal shelter in which the animal is confined, and supply it with necessary food and water so long as it remains so confined. That person is not liable for the entry and may collect the reasonable cost of the food and water from the owner of the animal, and the animal is subject to enforcement of a money judgment for the reasonable cost of food and water.

(Added by Stats.1905, c. 519, p. 680, § 2. Amended by Stats.1982, c. 497, p. 2204, § 135, operative July 1, 1983; Stats.2019, c. 7 (A.B.1553), § 21, eff. Jan. 1, 2020.)


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