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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 3. Agriculture and Animals
- Chapter 55. Care of Animals; Control of Dogs
- Section 110. Investigation of Cruelty to Animals Complaints.
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AS 03.55.110. Investigation of Cruelty to Animals Complaints.
- (a) A person who believes that cruelty to animals has taken place or is taking place may file a complaint with a public or
private animal control agency or organization, the department, or a peace officer. An agency or organization or the
department may refer the complaint to a peace officer.
- (b) A peace officer who receives a complaint of animal cruelty may apply for a search warrant under AS 12.35 to the judicial officer in the judicial district in which the
alleged violation has taken place or is taking place. If the court finds that probable cause exists, the court shall
issue a search warrant directing a peace officer to proceed immediately to the location of the alleged violation,
search the place designated in the warrant, and, if warranted, take property, including animals, specified in the
warrant. The warrant shall be executed by the peace officer and returned to the court.
- (c) Before a peace officer may take an animal and place it into protective custody, the peace officer shall request an
immediate inspection and decision by a veterinarian licensed under AS 08.98 that placement into protective custody is in the immediate
best interest of the animal. If a veterinarian is not available to perform an inspection, before a peace officer may
take an animal, the peace officer shall communicate with a veterinarian who has, after hearing a description of the
condition of the animal and its environment, decided it is in the immediate best interest of the animal that it be
placed into protective custody. If the peace officer is not able to communicate with a veterinarian, before the officer
may take an animal, the officer shall decide it is in the immediate best interest of the animal that it be placed into
protective custody. For purposes of this section, "peace officer" means
- (1) an officer of the state troopers;
- (2) a member of the police force of a municipality;
- (3) a village public safety officer; or
- (4) a regional public safety officer.
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