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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 11. Criminal Law
- Chapter 61. Offenses Against Public Order
- Section 140. Cruelty to Animals.
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AS 11.61.140. Cruelty to Animals.
- (a) A person commits cruelty to animals if the person
- (1) knowingly inflicts severe and prolonged physical pain or suffering on an animal;
- (2) with criminal negligence, fails to care for an animal and, as a result, causes the death of the animal or causes
severe physical pain or prolonged suffering to the animal;
- (3) kills or injures an animal by the use of a decompression chamber; or
- (4) intentionally kills or injures a pet or livestock by the use of poison.
- (b) Each animal that is subject to cruelty to animals under (a)(1) - (4) of this section shall constitute a separate
- (c) It is a defense to a prosecution under this section that the conduct of the defendant
- (1) was part of scientific research governed by accepted standards;
- (2) constituted the humane destruction of an animal;
- (3) conformed to accepted veterinary or animal husbandry practices;
- (4) was necessarily incidental to lawful fishing, hunting or trapping activities;
- (5) conformed to professionally accepted training and discipline standards.
- (d) In (a)(2) of this section, failure to provide the minimum standards of care for an animal under AS 03.55.100
is prima facie evidence of failure to care for an animal.
- (e) This section does not apply to generally accepted dog mushing or pulling contests or practices or rodeos or stock
- (f) Cruelty to animals is a class A misdemeanor. The court may also
- (1) require forfeiture of any animal affected to the state or to a custodian that supplies shelter, care, or medical
treatment for the animal;
- (2) require the defendant to reimburse the state or a custodian for all reasonable costs incurred in providing necessary
shelter, care, veterinary attention, or medical treatment for any animal affected;
- (3) prohibit or limit the defendant's ownership, possession, or custody of animals for up to 10 years.
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