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I am trying to research if there are any laws against dismembering or mutilating the corpse of an animal. In particular a dog. I am sure that there has to be something here in California but cannot find it. Please help.
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I have previously had to search the laws when I had a suspicious case of a dog mutilation with apparent cult killing/mutilation overtones. Which fell under a PC597 violation, "malicious cruelty."
However, I am not aware of a Ca. state law against mutilating a "corpse" of an animal. (Though there may be a ~local~ ordinance that I don't know about.)
Dispite California's enormous volume of regulations, some things are still not on the books. Up until a few years ago when there was an incident with a funeral home employee who sexually assaulted a child's corpse, the DA was unable to find any law to properly prosecute the offender. That has since been remedied, but the law that passed was regarding proper handling of human remains.
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Littering - if they don't pick up after themselves. Other then that I'm thinking there's nothing to cover that. If its for somer religious ceremony you also have the constitutional issue of freedom of religion (especially if there's no specific law covering it.)
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We discussed this in Animal Cruelty class in NJ. We don't have a law against dismemberment (not that I know of anyway) but what we were told is that if we could catch the person who did it, we could charge them with animal cruelty if they did not properly care for the animals and have them euthanized in a manner that was legal and not cruel. They could also be charged with improper housing/zoning for type of animal (i.e. a goat in the city), etc.

NJ still does not have anything on the law against beastiality as such, either.
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They might be able to be charged with illegal destruction of property if they didn't own the animal. You might also check the local health department regulations with respect to what zoning allows or prohibits an animal to be legally be slaughtered, cleaned out, or rendered.
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