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13A-11-240/
THE WORD TORTURE AS USED IN THIS ARTICLE SHALL MEAN THE ACT OF DOING PHYSICAL INJURY TO A DOG OR CAT BY THE INFLICTION OF INHUMANE TREATMENT OR GROSS PHYSICAL ABUSE MEANT TO CAUSE SAID ANIMAL INTENSIVE OR PROLONGED PAIN OR SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY,OR THEREBY CAUSING DEATH DUE TO SAID ACT.(B)THE WORD CRUEL AS USED IN THIS ARTICLE SHALL MEAN:EVERY ACT,OMISSION,OR NEGLECT,INCLUDING ABANDONMENT,WHERE UNNECESSARY OR UNJUSTIFIABLE PAIN OR SUFFERING,INCLUDING ABANDONMENT,IS CAUSED OR WHERE UNNECESSARY PAIN OR SUFFERING IS ALLOWED TO CONTINUE.(C).THE WORDS DOG OR CAT AS USED IN THIS ARTICLE SHALL MEAN DOMESTICATED MEMBER OF THE DOG OR CAT FAMILY.

13A-11-241.CRUELTY IN FIRST AND SECOND DEGREES.(A).A PERSON COMMITS THE CRIME OF CRUELTY TO A DOG OR CAT IN THE 1ST DEGREE IF HE OR SHE INTENTIONALLY TORTURES AND DOG OR CAT OR SKINS A DOMESTIC DOG OR CAT OR OFFERS FOR SALE OR EXCHANGE OR OFFERS TO BUY OR EXCHANGE THE FUR,HIDE,OR PELT OF A DOMESTIC DOG OR CAT.CRUELTY TO A DOG OR CAT IN THE 1ST DEGREE IS A CLASS C FELONY.A CONVICTION FOR A FELONY PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL NOT BE CONSIDERED A FELONY FOR PURPOSES OF THE HABITUAL FELONY OFFENDER ACT,SECTION 13A-5-9 TO 13A-5-10 1,INCLUSIVE.(B)A PERSON COMMITS THE CRIME OF CRUELTY TO A DOG OR CAT IN THE 2ND DEGREE IF HE OR SHE,IN A CRUEL MANNER,OVERLOADS,OVERDRIVES,DEPRIVES OF NECESSARY SUSTENANCE OR SHELTER,UNNECESSARILY OR CRUELLY BEATS,INJURIES,MUTILATES,OR CAUSES THE SAME TO BE DONE.CRUELTY TO A DOG OR CAT IN THE 2ND DEGREE IS A CLASS A MISDEMEANOR.