(a) While livestock may escape enclosures due to accident or unforeseen circumstances, it is unlawful for the owner of livestock to negligently permit livestock to run at large and trespass on the property of other landowners.
(b) If livestock injures a person or destroys the property of
another person while negligently trespassing, the owner of the
livestock shall be given an oral or written warning for the first
offense. For a second offense within six months of the first, the
owner is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof,
shall be fined not less than $50 nor more than $100. For a third
or subsequent offense within six months of the second or subsequent
offense, the owner is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction
thereof, shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $1,000.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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