An Act To Make Post-conviction Possession of Animals a Criminal Offense
Sec. 1. 17 MRSA §1031, sub-§3-B, as amended by PL 2009, c. 573, §2, is further amended to read:
(1) Does not present a danger to animals;
(2) Has the ability to properly care for an animal; and
(3) Has successfully completed all classes or counseling ordered by the court.
If a court grants a petition for relief under this paragraph, the court may reduce the period that the defendant may not own, possess or have on the defendant's premises an animal by an amount of time determined appropriate by the court. The court may order that the defendant comply with reasonable and unannounced inspections for a period of time the court determines appropriate by an appropriate government or law enforcement agency for the purpose of ensuring compliance with any court order or that the person is not committing additional crimes under this section.
This bill sets the minimum amount of time a person convicted of animal cruelty may not own, possess or have on the person's premises an animal as 5 years for a Class D crime and 15 years for a Class C crime and makes a violation of these time periods a Class D crime. This bill also provides that a person may petition the court to reduce the amount of time that the person may not own, possess or have on the person's premises an animal upon a showing that the person does not present a danger to animals and meets other criteria.