Session Law

Identifying Information:L. 2002 ch. 045
Other Identifying Information:2002 House Bill 2741
Tax Type:Other
Brief Description:An Act concerning certain animals; prescribing penalties for inflicting harm or death; amending K.S.A. 2001 Supp. 21-4318 and repealing the existing section.
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CHAPTER 45

HOUSE BILL No. 2741


An Act concerning certain animals; prescribing penalties for inflicting harm or death;

amending K.S.A. 2001 Supp. 21-4318 and repealing the existing section.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:

Section 1. K.S.A. 2001 Supp. 21-4318 is hereby amended to read as

follows: 21-4318. (a) Inflicting harm, disability or death to a police or

arson dog, arson dog or search and rescue dog is knowingly and inten-

tionally, and without lawful cause or justification poisoning, inflicting

great bodily harm, permanent disability or death, upon a police or arson

dog, arson dog or search and rescue dog.

(b) As used in this section:

(1) ``Arson dog'' means any dog which is owned, or the service of

which is employed, by the state fire marshal or a fire department for the

principal purpose of aiding in the detection of liquid accelerants in the

investigation of fires.

(2) ``Fire department'' means a public fire department under the con-

trol of the governing body of a city, township, county, fire district or

benefit district or a private fire department operated by a nonprofit cor-

poration providing fire protection services for a city, township, county,

fire district or benefit district under contract with the governing body of

the city, township, county or district.

(3) ``Police dog'' means any dog which is owned, or the service of

which is employed, by a law enforcement agency for the principal purpose

of aiding in the detection of criminal activity, enforcement of laws or

apprehension of offenders.

(4) ``Search and rescue dog'' means any dog which is owned or the

service of which is employed, by a law enforcement or emergency response

agency for the purpose of aiding in the location of persons missing in

disasters or other times of need.

(c) Inflicting harm, disability or death to a police or arson dog, arson

dog or search and rescue dog is a class A nonperson misdemeanor.

(d) This section shall be part of and supplemental to the Kansas crim-

inal code.

Sec. 2. K.S.A. 2001 Supp. 21-4318 is hereby repealed.

Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its

publication in the statute book.

Approved April 9, 2002.


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Date Composed: 10/10/2002 Date Modified: 10/10/2002