INTENTIONAL KILLING OF AN ANIMAL
39-14-205. Intentional killing of animal.
(a) (1) A person who intentionally or knowingly unlawfully kills the animal of another,
with the intent to deprive the owner of the right to the animal's life and without
the owner's effective consent commits theft of that animal and shall be punished
under § 39-14-105.
(2) In determining the value of a police dog, fire dog, search and rescue dog, service
animal or police horse under § 39-14-105, the court shall consider the value of the
police dog, fire dog, search and rescue dog, service animal or police horse as both
the cost of the animal and any specialized training the animal received.
(b) A person is justified in killing the animal of another if the person acted under a
reasonable belief that the animal was creating an imminent danger of death or serious
bodily injury to that person or another or an imminent danger of death to an animal
owned by that person. A person is not justified in killing the animal of another if
at the time of the killing the person is trespassing upon the property of the owner
of the animal. The justification for killing the animal of another authorized by this
subsection (b) shall not apply to a person who, while engaging in or attempting to
escape from criminal conduct, kills a police dog that is acting in its official
capacity. In that case the provisions of subsection (a) shall apply to the person.
[Acts 1989, ch. 591, § 1; 1996, ch. 927, §§ 1, 2; 2004, ch. 957, § 1; 2007, ch. 466, § 1.]