§7-10-3. Cruel treatment of animal drawing or in vehicle; custody
and care thereof by humane officers.
When any person arrested is, at the time of such arrest, in
charge of any vehicle drawn by or containing any animal cruelly
treated, such officer shall take charge of such animal and of such
vehicle and its contents, and of the animal or animals drawing the
same, and shall, if the person in charge thereof be not the owner,
give notice of such seizure to the owner, and provide for them
until their owner shall take charge of the same; and if the person
in charge of or driving such animals be the owner thereof, the same
shall not be returned to him until he has been tried for the
offense and acquitted, or if convicted, until he shall give bond in
the penalty of five hundred dollars with approved security before
the tribunal trying the case conditioned not to again cruelly treat
such animals; and the officer shall have a lien upon such animals
and the vehicle and its contents for the expenses of such care and
provision, or such expenses or any part thereof remaining unpaid
may be recovered by such humane officer in a civil action.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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