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609.597 ASSAULTING OR HARMING A POLICE HORSE; PENALTIES.
    Subdivision 1. Definition. As used in this section, "police horse" means a horse that has
been trained for crowd control and other law enforcement purposes and is used to assist peace
officers in the performance of their official duties.
    Subd. 2. Crime. Whoever assaults or intentionally harms a police horse while the horse is
being used or maintained for use by a law enforcement agency is guilty of a crime and may be
sentenced as provided in subdivision 3.
    Subd. 3. Penalties. A person convicted of violating subdivision 2 may be sentenced as
follows:
(1) if a peace officer, or any other person suffers great bodily harm or death as a result of
the violation, the person may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than five years or to
payment of a fine of not more than $10,000, or both;
(2) if the police horse suffers death or great bodily harm as a result of the violation, or if a
peace officer suffers demonstrable bodily harm as a result of the violation, the person may be
sentenced to imprisonment for not more than two years or to payment of a fine of not more
than $4,000, or both;
(3) if the police horse suffers demonstrable bodily harm as a result of the violation, the
person may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than one year and one day or to payment
of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both;
(4) if a peace officer is involuntarily unseated from the police horse or any person, other
than the peace officer, suffers demonstrable bodily harm as a result of the violation, the person
may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than one year or to payment of a fine of not
more than $3,000, or both;
(5) if a violation other than one described in clauses (1) to (4) occurs, the person may be
sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 90 days or to payment of a fine of not more than
$1,000, or both.
History: 1995 c 179 s 1; 2004 c 228 art 1 s 72