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.]

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