Summary: Under Sec. 8-6-31, cruelty to animals is a Class A Misdemeanor. A person who, without justification, knowingly or negligently subjects an animal to mistreatment by actions defined in the statute commit the crime of cruelty to animals.Documents: Poarch Creek Animal Cruelty Statute.pdf (56.35 KB)
(a) A person commits the crime of cruelty to animals if without justification he knowingly or negligently subjects an animal to mistreatment or neglect by:
(1) Overworking, beating, tormenting, injuring or killing any animal; carrying any animal in a cruel manner;
(2) Failing to provide an animal in his custody with proper food, drink or shelter;
(3) Abandoning any helpless animal or abandoning any animal on any highway, railroad, or in any other place where it may suffer injury, hunger or exposure or become a public charge; or
(4) Promoting, sponsoring, or conducting or participating in any fight between any animals.
(b) Cruelty to Animals is a Class A Misdemeanor.