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(1) A person commits the offense of animal abandonment if the person leaves a domesticated animal at a location without providing for the animal’s continued care.

(2) It is no defense to the offense defined in subsection (1) of this section that the defendant abandoned the animal at or near an animal shelter, veterinary clinic or other place of shelter if the defendant did not make reasonable arrangements for the care of the animal.

(Section 4.350 changed to Section 4.485, and new section 4.350 added by Ordinance No. 19461, enacted April 13, 1987; amended by Ordinance No. 10505, enacted October 12, 1987; and Ordinance No. 19587, enacted December 12, 1987.)