(A)   A person is guilty of cruelty to animals in the second degree when, except as authorized by law, he or she intentionally or wantonly:
      (1)   Subjects any animal to or causes cruel or injurious mistreatment through abandonment, participates, other than as provided in KRS 525.125, in causing it to fight for pleasure or profit, (including, but not limited to being a spectator or vendor at an event where a four-legged animal is caused to fight for pleasure or profit) mutilation, beating, torturing, tormenting, failing to provide adequate food, drink, space, adequate shelter from the elements or health care, or by any other means;
      (2)   Subjects any animal in his or her custody to cruel neglect; or
      (3)   Kills any animal.
   (B)   Nothing in this section shall apply to the killing of animals:
      (1)   Pursuant to a license to hunt, fish or trap;
      (2)   Incident to the processing as food or for other commercial purposes;
      (3)   For humane purposes; or
      (4)   For any other purpose authorized by law.
(1989 Code, § 90.02) (Ord. 1985, passed 11-9-1992; Am. Ord. 2019-2947, passed 11-25-2019) Penalty, see § 90.99