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Penal Code - PEN

PART 1. OF CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS [100 - 7914]

  ( Part 1 enacted 1872. )
  

TITLE 14. MALICIOUS MISCHIEF [594 - 625c]

  ( Title 14 enacted 1872. )
  
597u.  

(a) A person, peace officer, officer of a humane society, or officer of an animal shelter or animal regulation department of a public agency shall not kill an animal by using either of the following methods:

(1) Carbon monoxide gas.

(2) Intracardiac injection of a euthanasia agent on a conscious animal, unless the animal is heavily sedated or anesthetized in a humane manner, or comatose, or unless, in light of all the relevant circumstances, the procedure is justifiable.

(b) With respect to the killing of a dog or cat, a person, peace officer, officer of a humane society, or officer of an animal shelter or animal regulation department of a public agency shall not use any of the methods specified in subdivision (a) or any of the following methods:

(1) High-altitude decompression chamber.

(2) Nitrogen gas.

(3) Carbon dioxide gas.

(Amended by Stats. 2019, Ch. 7, Sec. 23. (AB 1553) Effective January 1, 2020.)