Section 3-4-6

Liability of owner of animal breaking into lands not enclosed by lawful fence for trespass or damages; liability of person injuring or destroying such animal.

(a) If any trespass or damage is done by any animal breaking into lands not enclosed by a lawful fence as defined in this chapter, the owner shall not be liable therefor.

(b) If any person injures or destroys any such animal, he shall be liable to the owner for five times the amount of injury done, to be recovered before any court of competent jurisdiction.

(Code 1852, 1100; Code 1867, 1283; Code 1876, 1587; Code 1886, 1365; Code 1896, 2113; Code 1907, 4245; Code 1923, 7975; Code 1940, T. 3, 65.)