Section 11-65-39

Tampering with racing animals prohibited.

No person shall influence or have any understanding or connivance with (i) any owner, trainer, jockey, driver, groom, or other person associated with or interested in any stable, horse, or race in which any horse participates, or (ii) any owner, trainer, handler, groom, or other person associated with or interested in any kennel, greyhound or race in which any greyhound participates, to prearrange or predetermine the results of any horse race or greyhound race, nor shall any person stimulate or depress a horse or greyhound, for the purpose of affecting the results of a race, by use of any electrical device or any electrical equipment or by any mechanical or other device not generally accepted as regulation racing equipment, nor shall any person stimulate or depress a horse or greyhound through the administration of any drug or chemical, or knowingly enter any horse or greyhound in any race within a period of 24 hours after any drug or chemical has been administered to such horse or greyhound, for the purpose of increasing or retarding the speed of such horse or greyhound.

No person shall, except for medical purposes, administer any poison, drug, medicine, or other substance to any horse or greyhound entered or about to be entered in any race, or expose such substance to a horse or greyhound with the intent that it be taken, or cause any foreign substance to be taken by or placed upon or in the body of such horse or greyhound, with intent to impede or increase its speed, endurance, health or physical, or mental condition.

Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be imprisoned for not less than one year nor more than 10 years, or fined not less than $5,000.00 nor more than $50,000.00 or both, in the discretion of the court.

(Acts 1984, No. 84-131, p. 159, §39; Acts 1991, No. 91-187, p. 246, §35.)