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A. It shall be unlawful to purposely or knowingly:

1. Torture or seriously overwork an animal; or

2. Fail to provide necessary food, care or shelter for an animal in one’s custody; or

3. Abandon an animal in one’s custody; or

4. Transport or confine an animal in a cruel manner; or

5. Kill, injure or administer poison to an animal without legal privilege to do so; or

6. Cause one mammal to fight with another.

B. Cruelty to animals shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00), or by a term of imprisonment in the Tribal Jail not to exceed three months, or both. It is a defense to prosecution under this section that the conduct of the actor toward the animal was an accepted veterinary practice or directly related to a bona fide experimentation for scientific research; provided, that if the animal is to be destroyed, the manner employed will not be unnecessarily cruel unless directly necessary to the veterinary purpose or scientific research involved.