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ALASKA STATUTES
TITLE 11. CRIMINAL LAW
CHAPTER 61. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER
ARTICLE 1. RIOT, DISORDERLY CONDUCT, AND RELATED OFFENSES

Sec. 11.61.140. Cruelty to animals

(a) A person commits the crime of cruelty to animals if the person

    (1) intentionally inflicts severe and prolonged physical pain or suffering on an animal;
    (2) recklessly neglects an animal and, as a result of that neglect, causes the death of the animal or causes severe pain or suffering to the animal; or
    (3) kills an animal by the use of a decompression chamber.
(b) It is a defense to a prosecution under (a)(1) or (2) of this section that the conduct of the defendant
    (1) conformed to accepted veterinary practice;
    (2) was part of scientific research governed by accepted standards; or
    (3) was necessarily incident to lawful hunting or trapping activities.
(c) In this section, "animal" means a vertebrate living creature not a human being, but does not include fish.

(d) Cruelty to animals is a class A misdemeanor.

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