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West's Annotated Code of Maryland. Agriculture. Title 3. Regulation of Livestock and Poultry. Subtitle 9. Transporting Horses.

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Citation: MD AGRIC 3-901 - 903

Citation: MD Code, Agriculture, 3-901 - 903


Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 01/2014

Summary:   This Maryland section provides the requirements for transporting horses. The law states that "[a] person may not transport a horse in a vehicle that is not designed and constructed in a manner that at all times protects the health and well-being of the horse being transported." Of importance is the provision that limits the vehicle used to transport the horses to one level (e.g., no double-deck trailers are allowed). Violation of the law incurs a civil penalty in the amount of $500 per horse for the first offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense.


Statute in Full:

§ 3-901. Definition

In this subtitle, "transport" means to carry a horse, cause a horse to be carried, or allow a horse to be carried in a vehicle on a highway in the State.

CREDIT(S)

Added by Acts 2006, c. 176, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2006.

 

§ 3-902. Transportation vehicle requirements

(a) A person may not transport a horse in a vehicle that is not designed and constructed in a manner that at all times protects the health and well-being of the horse being transported.

(b) To meet the requirements of subsection (a) of this section, at a minimum, a vehicle used to transport a horse shall:

(1) Be limited to one level throughout the vehicle where animals are confined;

(2) Have an interior height sufficient to allow each horse being transported to stand with its head extended to the fullest normal upright position without making contact with the roof or an overhead structure;

(3) Have doorway heights and widths that allow a horse to pass through without touching the sides of the openings;

(4) Be equipped with ramps if the vertical distance from the floor to the compartment containing the horse is greater than 15 inches;

(5) If the vehicle is equipped with ramps that sit at greater than a 25 degree angle, have ramps equipped with antiskid flooring and rails; and

(6) Contain adequate space to ensure that no horse is crowded in a way that is likely to cause injury.

CREDIT(S)

Added by Acts 2006, c. 176, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2006.

 

§ 3-903. Penalties

Instead of any other penalty authorized under this article, a person who violates this subtitle is subject to a civil penalty of:

(1) For a first violation, $500 for each horse being transported; and

(2) For a second or subsequent violation, $1,000 for each horse being transported.

CREDIT(S)

Added by Acts 2006, c. 176, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2006.

 



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