Florida Senate - 2020                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 522
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Criminal Justice (Gruters) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Present subsection (6) of section 828.12,
    6  Florida Statutes, is redesignated as subsection (7), and a new
    7  subsection (6) is added to that section, to read:
    8         828.12 Cruelty to animals.—
    9         (6) A person who leaves a dog outside and unattended by use
   10  of a restraint during a natural disaster commits animal cruelty,
   11  a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s.
   12  775.082 or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or both. As used
   13  in this subsection, the term:
   14         (a) “Natural disaster” means a situation in which a
   15  hurricane, tropical storm, or tornado warning has been issued
   16  for a municipality or a county by the National Weather Service,
   17  or the municipality or county is under a mandatory or voluntary
   18  evacuation order.
   19         (b) “Restraint” means a chain, rope, tether, leash, cable,
   20  or other device that attaches a dog to a stationary object or
   21  trolley system.
   22         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.
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   25  And the title is amended as follows:
   26         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   27  and insert:
   28                        A bill to be entitled                      
   29         An act relating to cruelty to dogs; amending s.
   30         828.12, F.S.; prohibiting a person from restraining a
   31         dog outside and unattended during a natural disaster;
   32         providing a criminal penalty; providing a fine;
   33         defining terms; providing an effective date.