Title 76 - Utah Criminal Code - Chapter 9 - Offenses Against Public Order and Decency - Part 3 - Cruelty to Animals - Section 308 - Harassment of livestock.


Published: 2017-05-09

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Effective 5/9/2017 76-9-308 Harassment of livestock. (1) As used in this section:

(a) "Livestock" has the same meaning as that term is defined in Subsection 76-9-301(1). (b) "Unmanned aircraft system" has the same meaning as that term is defined in Subsection

72-14-102(4). (2) Except as provided in Subsection (3), a person is guilty of harassment of livestock if the person

intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly chases, with the intent of causing distress, or harms livestock through the use of:

(a) a motorized vehicle or all-terrain vehicle; (b) a dog; or (c) an unmanned aircraft system.

(3) A person is not guilty of harassment of livestock if: (a) the person is:

(i) the owner of the livestock; (ii) an employee or agent of the owner, or otherwise acting under the owner's general direction

or with the owner's permission; (iii) acting in an emergency situation to prevent damage to the livestock or property; or (iv) an employee or agent of the state or a political subdivision and acting in the employee or

agent's official capacity; or (b) the action is in line with generally accepted animal husbandry practices.

(4) A person who violates this section is guilty of: (a) a class B misdemeanor if the violation is a first offense and:

(i) no livestock is seriously injured or killed as a result of the person's actions; or (ii) the person's actions cause the livestock to be displaced onto property where the livestock is

not legally entitled to be; and (b) a class A misdemeanor if:

(i) the person has previously been convicted of harassment of livestock under this section; (ii) livestock is seriously injured or killed as a result of the person's actions; or (iii) livestock or property suffered damage in excess of $1,000, including money spent in

recovering the livestock, as a result of the person's actions.

Enacted by Chapter 184, 2017 General Session