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2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
June 4, 2013 - Introduced by Representatives Spiros, Berceau, Bernier, Jacque,
Johnson, Nass, Ohnstad, Pasch, Schraa, Shankland, Sinicki, C. Taylor and
Weatherston, cosponsored by Senators Lassa and Risser. Referred to
Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.
AB230,1,3 1An Act to consolidate, renumber and amend 173.12 (3) (a) and (b) of the
2statutes; relating to: animals believed to have been involved in fighting or
3being held as evidence.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, if an animal is being held in custody, the owner of the animal
is convicted of a crime related to animal fighting, and the animal is one year old or
older or shows indication of having participated in fighting, the animal must be
disposed of in a proper and humane manner. Under the bill, if any animal is being
held in custody and the owner of the animal is convicted of having participated in
animal fighting, the animal may either be disposed of in a proper and humane
manner or, if the person with custody of the animal determines that the animal does
not pose a threat to humans or other animals, be released to a person other than the
owner.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB230,1 4Section 1. 173.12 (3) (a) and (b) of the statutes are consolidated, renumbered
5173.12 (3) and amended to read:
AB230,2,14
1173.12 (3) If the owner is convicted under s. 951.08 or is subject to the
2restrictions under s. 951.08 (2m), the animal shall be delivered to the local humane
3officer or county or municipal pound. If there is no local humane officer or pound,
4the animal may be delivered to a local humane society or to another person
5designated by the court. If the animal is one year old or older or shows indication of
6having participated in fighting, the animal shall be disposed of in a proper and
7humane manner. (b) If the animal is less than one year old and shows no indication
8of having participated in fighting, the animal shall be released to a person other than
9the owner or disposed
The person to whom the animal is delivered may either dispose
10of the animal in a proper and humane manner or, if the person determines that the
11animal does not pose a threat to humans or other animals, release the animal to a
12person other than the owner
. If the animal is a dog, the release or disposal shall be
13in accordance with s. 173.23 (1m), except that the fees under s. 173.23 (1m) (a) 4. are
14covered under s. 173.24.
AB230,2,1515 (End)
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