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Section 750.50c

THE MICHIGAN PENAL CODE (EXCERPT)
Act 328 of 1931


750.50c Police dog or police horse; definitions; violation as felony or misdemeanor; penalty; other violations.

Sec. 50c.

  (1) As used in this section:
  (a) "Dog handler" means a peace officer who has successfully completed training in the handling of a police dog pursuant to a policy of the law enforcement agency that employs that peace officer.
  (b) "Physical harm" means any injury to a dog's or horse's physical condition.
  (c) "Police dog" means a dog used by a law enforcement agency of this state or of a local unit of government of this state that is trained for law enforcement work and subject to the control of a dog handler.
  (d) "Police horse" means a horse used by a law enforcement agency of this state or of a local unit of government of this state for law enforcement work.
  (e) "Search and rescue dog" means a dog that is trained for, being trained for, or engaged in a search and rescue operation.
  (f) "Search and rescue operation" means an effort conducted at the direction of an agency of this state or of a political subdivision of this state to locate or rescue a lost, injured, or deceased individual.
  (g) "Serious physical harm" means any injury to a dog's or horse's physical condition or welfare that is not necessarily permanent but that constitutes substantial body disfigurement, or that seriously impairs the function of a body organ or limb.
  (2) A person shall not intentionally kill or cause serious physical harm to a police dog or police horse or a search and rescue dog.
  (3) A person shall not intentionally cause physical harm to a police dog or police horse or a search and rescue dog.
  (4) A person shall not intentionally harass or interfere with a police dog or police horse or search and rescue dog lawfully performing its duties.
  (5) A person who violates subsection (2) is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years or a fine of not more than $10,000.00, or both.
  (6) Except as provided in subsection (7), a person who violates subsection (3) or (4) is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 1 year or a fine of not more than $5,000.00, or both.
  (7) A person who violates subsection (3) or (4) while committing a crime is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 2 years or a fine of not more than $15,000.00, or both.
  (8) This section does not prohibit an individual from being charged with, convicted of, or punished for any other violation of law committed by that individual while violating this section.


History: Add. 1994, Act 336, Eff. Apr. 1, 1995 ;-- Am. 2002, Act 672, Eff. Mar. 31, 2003 ;-- Am. 2006, Act 517, Imd. Eff. Dec. 29, 2006


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