Animal Cruelty and Abuse - As enacted, creates Class E felony of aggravated cruelty to livestock, which is intentionally engaging in specified conduct in a depraved and sadistic manner that results in serious bodily injury or death to the animal and is done without lawful or legitimate purpose. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 2.
SB2759 has been assigned Public Chapter Number 1084 by the Secretary of State.
  • Bill History
  • Amendments
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  • Summary
  • Fiscal Note
  • Votes
  • Actions For SB2759Date
    Pub. Ch. 1084 05/29/2012
    Effective date(s) 07/01/1205/29/2012
    Signed by Governor05/21/2012
    Transmitted to Gov. for action.05/09/2012
    Signed by H. Speaker05/09/2012
    Signed by S. Speaker05/08/2012
    Enrolled and ready for signatures05/04/2012
    Passed H., Ayes 84, Nays 3 05/01/2012
    Am. withdrawn.(Amendment 1 - HA0844)05/01/2012
    Subst. for comp. HB.05/01/2012
    Sponsor(s) Added.04/30/2012
    Engrossed; ready for transmission to House04/27/2012
    Sponsor(s) Added.04/27/2012
    Passed S. as am., Ayes 31, Nays 004/27/2012
    S. adopted am.(Amendment 1 of 0 - SA1210)04/27/2012
    Placed on Senate Regular Calendar 2 cal. for 4/27/201204/26/2012
    Rec. For Pass. ref. to: S. Cal. Comm.04/25/2012
    Placed on S. FW&M Comm. cal. for 4/25/201204/25/2012
    Action Def. in S. FW&M Comm. to 4/25/201204/24/2012
    Placed on S. FW&M Comm. cal. for 4/24/201204/24/2012
    Action Def. in S. FW&M Comm. to 4/24/201204/23/2012
    Placed on S. FW&M Comm. cal. for 4/23/201204/20/2012
    Action Def. in S. FW&M Comm. to 4/18/201204/17/2012
    Placed on S. FW&M Comm. cal. for 4/17/201204/11/2012
    Rec. for pass. w/ am., ref. to S. FW&M Comm. Ayes 7, Nays 0 PNV 004/10/2012
    Placed on S. Jud Comm. cal. for 4/10/201204/04/2012
    Sponsor(s) Added.01/26/2012
    P2C, ref. to S. Jud Comm.01/26/2012
    Intro., P1C.01/25/2012
    Filed for intro.01/23/2012
    Actions For HB3082Date
    Comp. became Pub. Ch. 108405/29/2012
    Sponsor(s) Added.05/01/2012
    Comp. SB subst. 05/01/2012
    H. Placed on Regular Calendar for 4/30/201204/30/2012
    Placed on cal. Calendar & Rules Committee for 4/30/201204/30/2012
    Rec. For Pass. ref. to: Calendar & Rules Committee04/30/2012
    Placed on cal. Finance, Ways & Means Committee for 4/30/201204/30/2012
    Rec. For Pass. by s/c ref. to Finance, Ways & Means Committee 04/30/2012
    Placed on s/c cal Finance Subcommittee for 4/30/201204/27/2012
    Sponsor(s) Added.04/26/2012
    Action Def. in s/c Finance Subcommittee to last calendar04/11/2012
    Placed on s/c cal Finance Subcommittee for 4/11/201204/04/2012
    Action Def. in s/c Finance Subcommittee to 4/11/201204/04/2012
    Placed on s/c cal Finance Subcommittee for 4/4/201203/28/2012
    Action Def. in s/c Finance Subcommittee to 4/4/201203/28/2012
    Placed on s/c cal Finance Subcommittee for 3/28/201203/21/2012
    Action Def. in s/c Finance Subcommittee to 3/28/201203/21/2012
    Placed on s/c cal Finance Subcommittee for 3/21/201203/14/2012
    Assigned to s/c Finance Subcommittee03/14/2012
    Rec. for Pass. if Am. ref. to: Finance, Ways & Means Committee03/13/2012
    Placed on cal. Agriculture Committee for 3/13/201203/07/2012
    Action Def. in Agriculture Committee to 3/13/201202/28/2012
    Placed on cal. Agriculture Committee for 2/28/201202/22/2012
    Rec. For Pass. by s/c ref. to Agriculture Committee 02/22/2012
    Placed on s/c cal Agriculture Subcommittee for 2/22/201202/15/2012
    Assigned to s/c Agriculture Subcommittee 02/01/2012
    P2C, ref. to Agriculture Committee 01/30/2012
    Intro., P1C.01/26/2012
    Filed for intro.01/24/2012
  • AmendmentsFiscal Memos
    SA1210Amendment 1-1 to SB2759Fiscal Memo for SA1210 (14202)  
    AmendmentsFiscal Memos
    HA0844Amendment 1-1 to HB3082Fiscal Memo for HA0844 (14202)  

    NOTE: Each fiscal memorandum applies only to the amendment(s) identified in the memorandum. The fiscal memorandum must be matched to any amendments that have been adopted.

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  • Fiscal Summary

    Increase State Expenditures - $5,700/Incarceration*


    Bill Summary

    This bill creates the Class E felony offense of aggravated cruelty to a livestock animal. A person commits this offense if the person, in a depraved and sadistic manner, intentionally engages in any of the following conduct and the conduct results in serious bodily injury to the animal or the death of the animal and is without justifiable or lawful purpose:

    (1) Setting an animal on fire;
    (2) Burning an animal with any hot object;
    (3) Cutting or stabbing an animal with any object;
    (4) Causing blunt force trauma to an animal;
    (5) Securing an animal to a vehicle and dragging it;
    (6) Blinding an animal;
    (7) Applying acid or other caustic substance or chemical to any exposed area of an animal or forcing the animal to ingest the substance;
    (8) Hanging a living animal;
    (9) Skinning an animal while it is still alive;
    (10) Administering electric shock to an animal;
    (11) Drowning an animal; or
    (12) Shooting an animal with a weapon.

    The following would not be considered aggravated cruelty to a livestock animal:

    (1) Dispatching rabid, diseased, sick or injured livestock animals;
    (2) Dispatching livestock animals posing a clear and immediate threat to human safety;
    (3) Performing or conducting bona fide scientific tests, experiments or investigations within or for a bona fide research laboratory, facility or institution;
    (4) Performing accepted veterinary medical practices or treatments;
    (5) Engaging, with the consent of the owner of a livestock animal, in usual and customary practices that are accepted by colleges of agriculture or veterinary medicine with respect to that animal;
    (6) Dispatching wild or abandoned livestock animals on a farm or residential real property; or
    (7) Applying methods and equipment used to train livestock animals.

    In addition to the penalty imposed for this offense as a Class E felony, the defendant may:

    (1) Be held liable to the owner of the livestock animal for damages and to the impounding officer or agency for all costs of impoundment from the time of seizure to the time of proper disposition of the case;
    (2) Be ordered by the sentencing court to surrender custody and forfeit all livestock animals, and such court may award custody of the animals to the agency presenting the case. The court may impose any other reasonable restrictions on the person's custody of livestock animals as is necessary for the protection of the animals; and/or
    (3) Be ordered by the court to undergo psychological evaluation and counseling, the cost to be borne by the defendant. If the defendant is indigent, the court may, where practicable, direct the defendant to locate and enroll in a counseling or treatment program with an appropriate agency.

    This bill defines "livestock" as all equine as well as animals being raised primarily for use as food or fiber for human utilization or consumption, including, but not limited to, cattle, sheep, swine, goats, and poultry.

    ON APRIL 27, 2012, THE SENATE ADOPTED AMENDMENT #1 AND PASSED SENATE BILL 2759, AS AMENDED.

    AMENDMENT #1 removes poultry from the definition of "livestock".

  • FiscalNote for SB2759/HB3082 filed under SB2759
  • House Floor and Committee Votes

    House moved to substitute and conform to HB3082

    SB2759 by Henry - FLOOR VOTE: PASSAGE ON THIRD CONSIDERATION 5/1/2012
    Passed
              Ayes...............................................85
              Noes................................................3

              Representatives voting aye were: Alexander, Armstrong, Brooks H, Brooks K, Brown, Campbell, Carr, Casada, Casada, Cobb, Coley, Curtiss, Dean, DeBerry J, DeBerry L, Dennis, Dunn, Elam, Eldridge, Evans, Faison, Fitzhugh, Fitzhugh, Floyd, Ford, Forgety, Gilmore, Gotto, Halford, Hall, Hardaway, Harmon, Harrison, Harwell, Hawk, Hawk, Haynes, Hensley, Hill, Holt, Hurley, Johnson C, Johnson C, Jones S, Kernell, Lollar, Maggart, Marsh, Matheny, Matlock, McCormick, McCormick, McDaniel, McDaniel, McDonald, Miller D, Miller L, Moore, Naifeh, Niceley, Odom, Parkinson, Pitts, Pody, Pruitt, Ragan, Ramsey, Rich, Richardson, Roach, Sargent, Sexton, Shaw, Shepard, Shipley, Sontany, Sparks, Stewart, Swann, Tidwell, Todd, Turner J, Turner M, Watson, Weaver, White, Williams K, Williams R, Windle, Wirgau, Womick, Mr. Speaker Harwell, Mr. Speaker Naifeh, Mr. Speaker Williams K -- 85.
              Representatives voting no were: Bass, Keisling, Powers -- 3.

              HB3082 by Odom - HOUSE CALENDAR & RULES COMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage - refer to: House Regular Calendar 1 4/30/2012
              Voice Vote - Ayes Prevail

              HB3082 by Odom - HOUSE FINANCE, WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage - refer to: Calendar & Rules Committee 4/30/2012
              Voice Vote - Ayes Prevail

              HB3082 by Odom - HOUSE FINANCE, WAYS & MEANS SUBCOMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage - refer to: Finance, Ways & Means Committee 4/30/2012
              Voice Vote - Ayes Prevail

              HB3082 by Odom - HOUSE AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage w/amendments- refer to: Finance, Ways & Means Committee 3/13/2012
              Voice Vote - Ayes Prevail Rep.(s) Bass, Butt, Keisling, Sanderson requested to be recorded as voting No

              HB3082 by Odom - HOUSE AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES SUBCOMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage - refer to: Agriculture Committee 2/22/2012
              Voice Vote - Ayes Prevail

    Senate Floor and Committee Votes

    SB2759 by Henry - FLOOR VOTE: THIRD CONSIDERATION AMENDED 4/27/2012
    Passed
              Ayes...............................................31
              Noes................................................0

              Senators voting aye were: Barnes, Beavers, Bell, Berke, Burks, Campfield, Crowe, Faulk, Finney L, Ford, Gresham, Harper, Henry, Herron, Johnson, Kelsey, Ketron, Kyle, Marrero, Massey, McNally, Norris, Overbey, Ramsey, Roberts, Southerland, Stewart, Summerville, Tracy, Watson, Yager, Mr. Speaker McNally, Mr. Speaker Ramsey -- 31.

    SB2759 by Henry - SENATE FINANCE, WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage - refer to: S. Cal. Comm. 4/25/2012
    Passed
              Ayes...............................................10
              Noes................................................0

              Senators voting aye were: Finney L, Gresham, Haynes, Henry, Kelsey, Ketron, Kyle, McNally, Overbey, Watson, Mr. Speaker McNally -- 10.

    SB2759 by Henry - SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage w/amendments- refer to: S. FW&M Comm. 4/10/2012
    Passed
              Ayes................................................7
              Noes................................................0

              Senators voting aye were: Barnes, Beavers, Bell, Campfield, Kelsey, Marrero, Yager -- 7.