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TO AMEND SECTION 47-3-710, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO CERTAIN DEFINITIONS, SO AS TO PROVIDE A DANGEROUS ANIMAL MEANS, AMONG OTHER THINGS, AN ANIMAL THAT MAKES AN UNPROVOKED ATTACK ON A DOMESTIC ANIMAL OR AN ANIMAL WHOSE CERTAIN ACTIONS WOULD CAUSE A PERSON REASONABLY TO BELIEVE THE ANIMAL WILL ATTACK AND CAUSE BODILY INJURY TO A DOMESTIC ANIMAL.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 47-3-710 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 374 of 1992, is further amended to read:
"Section 47-3-710. (A) As used in this article, 'dangerous animal' means an animal of the canine or feline family:
which the whose owner knows or reasonably should know that the animal has a propensity, tendency, or disposition to attack unprovoked, cause injury, or otherwise endanger the safety of human beings or domestic animals;
(a) which makes an unprovoked attack that causes bodily injury to a human being or a domestic animal and the attack occurs in a place other than
the place where the animal is confined as required by Section 47-3-720; or
(b) which commits an unprovoked
acts act in a place other than the place where the animal is confined as required by Section 47-3-720 and those acts in a manner to cause a person reasonably to reasonably believe that the animal will attack and cause bodily injury to a human being or a domestic animal; or
which is owned or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of fighting or which is trained for fighting.
(B) 'Dangerous animal' does not include an animal:
an animal used exclusively for an agricultural purposes purpose; or
an animal which attacks a person who is trespassing or who appears to be trespassing. A trespasser is a person who is not lawfully upon the premises of the owner, as set forth in pursuant to Section 47-3-770(A).
(C) An animal is not a 'dangerous animal' solely
by virtue because of its breed or species.
(D) As used in this article, 'owner' means a person who owns or has custody or control of the animal.
(E) As used in this article, 'injury' or 'bodily injury' means:
(1) a broken
lacerations, a laceration;
punctures a puncture of the skin ,; or
any physical injury resulting in death."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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