Sec. 14-196.  Cruelty to animals.


(a)   As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:


(1)       Animal shall mean a domesticated living creature and a wild living creature previously captured.  Animal does not include an uncaptured wild creature or a wild creature whose capture was accomplished by conduct at issue under subsection (b).

(2)       Cruel mistreatment shall mean every act or omission which causes, or unreasonably permits the continuation of, unnecessary or unjustifiable pain or suffering.

(3)       Cruel neglect shall mean failure to provide food, water, protection from the elements, opportunity to exercise, or other normal, usual care, and proper for an animal’s health and well-being.

(4)       Abandon shall mean the leaving of an animal by its owner or other person responsible for its care or custody without making effective provisions for its proper care.


(b)   A person commits cruelty to animals if, except as otherwise authorized by law, he intentionally or recklessly:


(1)       Subjects any animal to cruel mistreatment; or

(2)       Subjects any animal in his custody to cruel neglect; or

(3)       Abandons any animal; or

(4)       Kills or injures any animal belonging to another.


(c)   Cruelty to animals is an offense.


(d)   Nothing in this section shall be construed to amend or in any manner change the authority of the Game and Parks Commission, as established in Chapter 37 of the Reissue Revised Statutes of Nebraska, 1943, or to prohibit any conduct therein authorized or permitted.


Source:  Code 1962, § 6-1-2

State law references--Similar provisions, R.R.S. 1943, 28-1001, 28-1002; power of city to so provide, R.R.S. 1943, 16-210.