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(a) No person shall:
(1) Torture an animal, deprive one of necessary sustenance, unnecessarily or cruelly beat, needlessly mutilate or kill, or impound or confine an animal without supplying it during the confinement with a sufficient quantity of good wholesome food and water;
(2) Impound or confine an animal without affording it, during the confinement, access to shelter from wind, rain, snow, or excessive direct sunlight, if it can reasonably be expected that the animal would otherwise become sick or in some other way suffer.
(3) Carry or convey an animal in a cruel or inhuman manner;
(4) Keep animals other than cattle, poultry or fowl, swine, sheep, or goats in an enclosure without wholesome exercise and change of air.
(b) All fines collected for violations of this section shall be first paid to cover expenses incurred with regard to the care of the animal from the time it was taken into custody. The balance of the fine, if any, or such part thereof as determined by the court, may be paid to the society or association for the prevention of cruelty to and/or humane treatment of animals, if there is one in the municipality; otherwise, all fines shall be paid to the general fund.
(c) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree. The court may order the offender to forfeit the animal and may provide for its disposition, including, but not limited to, relinquishment of the animal to the society or association for the prevention of cruelty to and/or humane treatment of animals.
(Ord. 34-99. Passed 4-26-99; Ord. 40-02. Passed 1-27-03.)