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  578.012.  Animal abuse — penalties. — 1.  A person commits the offense of animal abuse if he or she:

  (1)  Intentionally or purposely kills an animal in any manner not allowed by or expressly exempted from the provisions of sections 578.005 to 578.023 and 273.030;

  (2)  Purposely or intentionally causes injury or suffering to an animal; or

  (3)  Having ownership or custody of an animal knowingly fails to provide adequate care which results in substantial harm to the animal.

  2.  Animal abuse is a class A misdemeanor, unless the defendant has previously been found guilty of animal abuse or the suffering involved in subdivision (2) of subsection 1 of this section is the result of torture or mutilation consciously inflicted while the animal was alive, in which case it is a class E felony.


(L. 1983 S.B. 211 § 4, A.L. 1994 S.B. 545, A.L. 1996 S.B. 491, A.L. 2001 S.B. 462, A.L. 2013 S.B. 9, A.L. 2014 S.B. 491)

Effective 1-01-17

(1989) "Willfully" is an essential element of the offense of animal abuse and distinguishes it from the offense of animal neglect. State v. Price, 772 S.W.2d 9. (Mo.App.E.D.)

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