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Serious animal cruelty

242 Serious animal cruelty

(1) A person who, with the intention of inflicting severe pain or suffering, unlawfully kills, or causes serious injury or prolonged suffering to, an animal commits a crime.
Maximum penalty—7 years imprisonment.
(2) An act or omission that causes the death of, or serious injury or prolonged suffering to, an animal is unlawful unless it is authorised, justified or excused by—
(a) the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 ; or
(b) another law, other than section 458 of this Code.
(3) In this section—

"serious injury" means—
(a) the loss of a distinct part or an organ of the body; or
(b) a bodily injury of such a nature that, if left untreated, would—
(i) endanger, or be likely to endanger, life; or
(ii) cause, or be likely to cause, permanent injury to health.

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