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47-1715. Violation of act or rules and regulations; penalty; seizure and disposition of animals, when. (a) Any violation of or failure to comply with any provision of the Kansas pet animal act, or any rule and regulation adopted hereunder, shall constitute a class A nonperson misdemeanor. Continued operation, after a conviction, shall constitute a separate offense for each day of operation.

(b) Upon a conviction of a person for any violation of the Kansas pet animal act, or any rule and regulation adopted hereunder, the court shall order the commissioner to seize and impound any animals in the convicted person's possession, custody or care if there are reasonable grounds to believe that the animals' health, safety or welfare is endangered. Except as provided by K.S.A. 21-6412, and amendments thereto, such animals may be returned to the person owning them if there is satisfactory evidence that the animals will receive adequate care by that person or such animals may be sold, placed or euthanized, at the discretion of the commissioner. Costs of care and services for such animals while seized and impounded shall be paid by the convicted person. Such funds shall be paid to the commissioner for reimbursement of care and services provided during seizure and impoundment. If the person is not convicted, the commissioner shall pay the costs of care and services provided during seizure and impoundment.

History: L. 1972, ch. 201, § 15; L. 1988, ch. 189, § 11; L. 1991, ch. 152, § 33; L. 1996, ch. 151, § 17; L. 2011, ch. 30, § 198; July 1.

Attorney General's Opinions:

Animal control officers, cities and city ordinances; compliance with Kansas pet animal act; authority of state livestock commissioner; penalties and injunction. 96-79.

Animal shelter employees or volunteers keeping animals in their homes; licensing of practice. 2000-23.


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