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HB 0366 - Guide or service dog; certain persons; equal public accommodations; provide

Tracking Level: Passed
Sponsor: Bearden,Timothy 68th
Last Action: 5/23/2007 - House Date Signed by Governor
House Committee: H&HS
Senate Committee: SI&P
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

Amend Title 4 relating to animals.  Dog Fighting Act.  This code section shall not prohibit, impede, or otherwise interfere with recognized animal husbandry and training techniques or practices not otherwise specifically prohibited by law. Any person who intentionally causes any fighting or enticement for dog fighting; knowingly owns, possesses, harbors, keeps, or has custody or control of any dog for the purpose of fighting or enticement for dog fighting; knowingly trains, purchases, sells, transports, transfers, breeds, or equips any dog for the purpose of fighting or enticement for dog fighting;  knowingly purchases, rents, leases, or otherwise acquires or obtains the use of any structure, facility, property, or location to be used for the purpose of fighting or enticement for dog fighting; knowingly allows, permits, or makes available any structure, facility, property, or location to be sued for the purpose of fighting or enticement for dog fighting; bets, wagers, or encourages another to bet or wager anything of value on any dog fighting or enticement for dog fighting activity; knowingly facilitates, conducts, sponsors, organizes, stages, referees, or charges an admission fee for or serves as the stakeholder on any dog fighting or enticement for dog fighting activity; knowingly  uses any means of communication for the purposes of promoting or advertising fighting or enticement for dog fighting; or is a spectator shall be guilty of a felony; and upon a first conviction thereof such person shall be punished by imprisonment for no less than one year nor more than five  years, a fine of not less than $5,000, or both such fine and imprisonment; and upon a second or subsequent conviction thereof such person shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than ten years, a fine of not less than $15,000, or both such fine and imprisonment.  Each act or omission in violation of this subsection shall constitute a separate offense.  The court, as part of the sentence, may prohibit the offender from owning, possessing, or having on the offender´┐Żs premises any dog during the term of sentence.  

 

Every person engaged in the raising of a dog for training as a guide dog or service dog for the purpose of accompanying a person shall have the same right to be accompanied by such dog being raised for training as the totally or partially blind person, deaf person, or physically disabled person so long as such dog is being held on a leash and is under the control of the person raising such dog for an accredited school for seeing eye, hearing, service, or guide dogs; such person has on his or her person and available for inspection credential from the accredited school for which the dog is being raised; and such dog is wearing a collar, leash, or other appropriate apparel or device that identifies such dog with the accredited school for which such dog is being raised.  


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