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Can I go to jail for killing a pet in Nevada?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Aug 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Possibly, though a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney may be able to negotiate a resolution where the prosecutor agrees to impose no incarceration.

NRS 574.100 prohibits the torture, neglect, endangerment, or killing of cats or dogs in Nevada. The penalties for killing someone's pet grow more serious with each successive offense.

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Killing pets in Nevada carries fines, restitution, and possibly jail.

A first-time offense of killing a cat or dog in Nevada is a misdemeanor carrying:

  • two days to six months in jail,
  • 48 to 120 hours of community service,
  • $200 to $1,000 in fines, and
  • restitution

A second-time offense of killing someone's cat or dog within a seven-year period in Nevada is a misdemeanor as well. The punishment is:

  • 10 days to six months in jail,
  • 100 hours to 200 hours of community service,
  • $500 to $1,000 in fines, and
  • restitution

Meanwhile, a third or subsequent offense of killing a pet within a seven-year period in Nevada is a category C felony. The sentence includes:

  • one to five years in Nevada State Prison,
  • maybe up to $10,000 in fines, and
  • restitution

Meanwhile, NRS 574.150 makes it a gross misdemeanor to poison a cat or dog whether the animal dies or not. The sentence includes:

  • restitution,
  • up to 364 days in jail, and/or
  • up to $2,000 in fines,

Read more information on the Nevada crime of killing pets. Also refer to our article, "Am I allowed to leave my pets in the car in Nevada?"

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Neil Shouse

A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.

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