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1.
This Tennessee statute provides that it is a Class C misdemeanor for any person to own, keep or harbor any dog which has not been vaccinated pursuant to the requirements of this chapter, or to permit any dog or dogs to run at large at any time not wearing a vaccination tag except as otherwise provided by this chapter (i.e., hunting dogs).

http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stustnst68_8_108.htm

2.

This Tennessee statute provides that it is a Class C misdemeanor for any person to own, keep or harbor any dog which has not been vaccinated pursuant to the requirements of this chapter, or to permit any dog or dogs to run at large at any time not wearing a vaccination tag except as otherwise provided by this chapter (i.e., hunting dogs).

http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stustnst68_8_108.htm

3.

This Tennessee statute mandates that every dog owner shall attach a metal tag or other evidence of vaccination to a collar which shall be worn at all times. However, the collar may be removed in the case of hunting dogs while in chase. Interestingly, the statute permits using an unvaccinated dog in either the hunt or chase.

http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stustnst68_8_107.htm


4.

This Tennessee statute provides that a pet owner may seek non-economic damages up to $4,000 for the death of his or her pet against the person who is liable for causing the death or injuries that led to the animal's death. The person causing the pet's death must have been at least negligent and the incident must have occurred either on the owner or pet caretaker's property or while in the control and supervision of the caretaker. 

These damages are not for the intentional infliction of emotional distress of the owner or other civil claim, but rather for the direct loss of "reasonably expected society, companionship, love and affection of the pet."

http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stustn44_17_403.htm


5.These Tennessee anti-cruelty provisions define "animal" as a domesticated living creature or a wild creature previously captured. A person commits the offense of cruelty to animals (a Class A misdemeanor) if he or she intentionally or knowingly tortures, maims or grossly overworks an animal; fails unreasonably to provide necessary food, water, care or shelter for an animal in the person's custody; abandons unreasonably an animal in the person's custody; transports or confines an animal in a cruel manner; or inflicts burns, cuts, lacerations, or other injuries or pain.

http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stustnst39_14_201_212.htm

6.

This Tennessee statute provides that any dog found running at large may be seized by authorities and placed in a dog pound. If the dog is wearing a tag, the owner shall be notified by a postcard addressed to the owner's last-known mailing address to appear within five (5) days and pay a fee or the dog will be destroyed. If the dog is not wearing a tag, the dog shall be destroyed, unless legally claimed by the owner within two (2) days.

http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stustnst68_8_109.htm

 
 
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