BILL NUMBER: AB 670	CHAPTERED
	BILL TEXT

	CHAPTER  136
	FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE  JULY 27, 2007
	APPROVED BY GOVERNOR  JULY 27, 2007
	PASSED THE SENATE  JULY 16, 2007
	PASSED THE ASSEMBLY  JULY 20, 2007
	AMENDED IN SENATE  JUNE 27, 2007
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 30, 2007
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 10, 2007

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Spitzer
   (Coauthors: Assembly Members Garrick and Maze)

                        FEBRUARY 21, 2007

   An act to add Section 398 to the Penal Code, relating to animals.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 670, Spitzer. Animals: bites: owner information.
   Existing law makes it a misdemeanor or a felony for a person
owning or having custody or control of a mischievous animal to
negligently allow the animal to cause serious bodily injury to
another person, as specified.
   This bill would require a person who owns or has custody or
control of an animal to, as soon as is practicable, but no later than
48 hours thereafter, provide identifying information to another
person when the person knows, or has reason to know, the animal bit
the other person, as specified. Failure to provide the required
information would be an infraction, punishable by a fine of not more
than $100.
   Because this bill would create a crime, it would impose a
state-mandated local program.
   The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local
agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the
state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that
reimbursement.
   This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this
act for a specified reason.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 398 is added to the Penal Code, to read:
   398.  (a) Whenever a person owning or having custody or control of
an animal, knows, or has reason to know, that the animal bit another
person, he or she shall, as soon as is practicable, but no later
than 48 hours thereafter, provide the other person with his or her
name, address, telephone number, and the name and license tag number
of the animal who bit the other person. If the person with custody or
control of the animal at the time the bite occurs is a minor, he or
she shall instead provide identification or contact information of an
adult owner or responsible party. If the animal is required by law
to be vaccinated against rabies, the person owning or having custody
or control of the animal shall, within 48 hours of the bite, provide
the other person with information regarding the status of the animal'
s vaccinations. Violation of this section is an infraction punishable
by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars ($100).
   (b) For purposes of this section, it is necessary for the skin of
the person be broken or punctured by the animal for the contact to be
classified as a bite.
  SEC. 2.  No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to
Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because
the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school
district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or
infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty
for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the
Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the
meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California
Constitution.