Texas Attorney General Opinion: O-1541 Page: 4 of 6
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Article 182, Revis*A Civil Statutes, 1925, pra
It shall be unlawft; for any person to over"
drive, wilNully overload, drive when overloaded,
overwork, torture, torent, deprive of necessary
sustenanoe, unnecessarily or cruelty beat, or
needessl atilate or kill any animal or carry
any animal in or upon any vehicle, or otherwise,
iL a cruel or inhuman san oer, or eause or pro
are the sane to be done, or who having the ehaege
or oustoty of any animal aneoessasrily falls to
provide it with proper food, drink or oruelty
Article 1374 of the Penal Code, 1928, fixes the
penalty for cruelty to anisals, as follows
*Whoever ovelrdrives, wilfuly overloads, drives
when ovverl d, erworks, atortures, torments, de-
prives of necessary sustesanes, unnecessarily or
enelly beats, or needlessly *utilatae or kills
any anaial, or carries any animal in or upon any
vehicle, or otherwise, s cruel or Inhumane
maaant, or eauses or proeure the same to be done,
or who having the charge or eustoi y of any animal
unneasesarily fails to provide it with proper
food, drink, or cruelly abandons it, shall be
fined not exceeding two hundred dollars. As used
in this article the wort 'animal' includes every
living dumb b reature, and the words 'torture' and
'cruelly' includes every aot, omission or negleet
whereby unnecessary or unjustifiable pain or seu-
tering is caused, peritte or allowed to contin-
te when there is a reasonable reaedy or relie."
Articles 4597 and SRvisef Civil Statutes,
1925, create ea provide tutis for a Stat Bureau of
Child and Animal Protsection, in the following lanSuage
Theo vernor shall appoint a State urnea
of Chill and Aaiual Protection which shall not
have less than aine no more than tenty-one
sabers from the aenbers of the tdretrrate of
the Texas State EHumaane Society. The Governor
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Texas. Attorney-General's Office. Texas Attorney General Opinion: O-1541, text, 1939; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth258729/m1/4/: accessed April 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.