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21-1685.


21-1685.
   
   Any person who shall willfully or maliciously overdrive, overload,
   torture, destroy or kill, or cruelly beat or injure, maim or mutilate,
   any animal in subjugation or captivity, whether wild or tame, and
   whether belonging to himself or to another, or deprive any such animal
   of necessary food, drink or shelter; or who shall cause, procure or
   permit any such animal to be so overdriven, overloaded, tortured,
   destroyed or killed, or cruelly beaten or injured, maimed or
   mutilated, or deprived of necessary food, drink or shelter; or who
   shall willfully set on foot, instigate, engage in, or in any way
   further any act of cruelty to any animal, or any act tending to
   produce such cruelty, shall be guilty of a felony and shall be
   punished by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary not exceeding five
   (5) years, or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding one (1)
   year, or by a fine not exceeding Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00). Any
   officer finding an animal so maltreated or abused shall cause the same
   to be taken care of, and the charges therefor shall be a lien upon
   such animal, to be collected thereon as upon a pledge or a lien.
   

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