as amended, Williams.
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Existing law makes it a crime, punishable as specified, to commit various forms of animal abuse, including maliciously or intentionally maiming or killing an animal and dogfighting.
This bill would require, upon conviction of specified types of animal abuse but prior to sentencing, the court to order the person convicted to submit to a psychiatric or psychological examination, to be provided and paid for by the court. The bill would require the court to consider the result of the examination in determining a sentence.end delete
Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program:
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The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 597.8 is added to the Penal Code, to read:
Upon conviction pursuant to subdivision (a) or (b) of
20Section 597 or Section 597a, 597b, 597h, 597j, 597s, or 597.1, but
21prior to sentencing, the court shall order the person convicted to
22submit to a psychiatric or psychological examination. All
23examinations shall be provided and paid for by the court. The
24results of the examination shall be sent by the examining
25psychologist or psychiatrist to the court and to the attorneys for
26the prosecution and the defense. The court shall consider the results
27of the examination in determining a sentence.