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8.07.010. Cruelty to animals

            A person commits cruelty to animals when he:

            (1)        Causes one animal or fowl to fight with another;

            (2)        Intentionally administers or applies any poisonous or toxic drug or any material injurious to tissues or organs to any animal or livestock, or procures or permits the same to be done, whether the animals are his own property or that of another.  This provision shall not be interpreted so as to prohibit the use of poisonous substances for the control of vermin in furtherance of public health when applied in such a manner as to reasonably prohibit access to other animals;

            (3)        By act or omission causes pain, suffering, terror or torment, or by act or omission injures, mutilates, or causes disease or death to any animal or fowl;

            (4)        Administers or applies or procures or permits the administration of application of any trapping mechanism, other than a live capture trap or exposes such a trapping mechanism to domestic animals or livestock, with the intent to harm or take the animal whether the animal is his own property or that of another.  All set live capture traps shall be checked and emptied daily.  All traps must have owner identification permanently affixed to them;

            (5)        Neglects or fails to supply such animal with necessary and adequate exercise, care, rest, food, drink, air, light, space, shelter, protection from the elements, and/or medical care;

            (6)        Raises, trains, purchases, or sells any animal or fowl for fighting or harbors fowl for fighting purposes, which has the comb clipped or the spur altered or who is in possession of an artificial spur;

            (7)        Is present as a spectator at any animal contest wherein one animal or fowl is caused to fight with another, or rents any building, shed, room, yard, ground, or premises for the purpose of holding such a contest between animals; or knowingly suffers or permits the use of any building, shed, room, yard, ground, or premises belonging to him or under his control for any of these purposes;

            (8)        Abandons an animal;

            (9)        Performs or causes to be performed any of the following operations:

                        (a)        Inhumanely removes any portion of the beak of any bird, domestic or wild;

                        (b)        Alters the gait or posture of any animal, by surgical, chemical, mechanical, or any other means, including soring;

                        (c)        Crops or cuts the ears, removes an animal's claws or sterilizes a dog or cat and is not a licensed veterinarian; or

                        (d)        Inhumanely docks the tail of an animal or removes an animals dewclaws.

            (10)      Offer chicks, ducklings, goslings, or other fowl for sale; raffles, offers as a prize, a premium, or an advertising device, or displays chicks, ducklings, goslings, or other fowl to the public without providing and operating brooders or other heating devices that may be necessary to maintain the chicks, ducklings, goslings, or other fowl in good health, and without keeping adequate food and water available to the birds at all times;

            (11)      Carries or causes to be carried any animal in a manner harmful to that animal.  Suitable racks, cars, crates, or cages in which such animals may stand, move freely, or lie down during transportation, or while awaiting slaughter, must be provided;

            (12)      Leaves any animal confined in a vehicle unattended in excessively hot or cold weather;

            (13)      Continuously drives or works a horse or other animal to a point of observable strain, and denies the animal rest periods.  Working animals shall be offered water periodically;

            (14)      Takes or kills any bird(s) or robs or destroys any nest containing eggs, or young, or any bird in violation of the laws of the state of Utah;

            (15)      Inhumanely hobbles livestock or other animals;

            (16)      Leaves any livestock species used for drought, driving, or riding purposes, on the street without protection from the weather and without food and water for a period of time that would endanger the health or safety of the animal;

            (17)      Recklessly rides or drives any horse, or other livestock species on any street, highway, or avenue within this jurisdiction; or

            (18)      Induces or encourages an animal to perform through the use of chemical, mechanical, electrical, or manual devices in a manner which will cause, or is likely to cause physical injury or unnecessary suffering.


Ord. No.97-35, Recodified, 6/19/1997
Ord. No. 98-12, Enacted, 2/5/1998

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