(a)(1) Notwithstanding Section 9166, any person who violates Section 9153 shall be liable for a civil penalty of no more than twenty-five thousand dollars
($25,000) for each act constituting a violation of Section 9153.
(b) Notwithstanding Section 9166, any person who violates any regulation adopted pursuant to this article shall be
liable for a civil penalty of no more than twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000)
per day, for any acts constituting a violation of any regulation adopted pursuant
to this article, so long as the regulation specifies that a violation is subject to
enforcement in accordance with this section.
(c)(1) Unless a civil penalty has been imposed pursuant to paragraph (2), the department
may administratively impose a civil penalty for a violation described in subdivision
(a) or (b).
(2) Unless the department has administratively imposed a civil penalty pursuant to
paragraph (1), the Attorney General, upon request of the State Veterinarian, shall
petition the Superior Court to impose, assess, and recover a civil penalty for a violation
described in subdivision (a) or (b).
(e) The proceeds of any civil penalty collected pursuant to this section shall be
deposited into the Department of Food and Agriculture Fund.
(f) If the Attorney General prevails in or settles an action under this section, the
Attorney General shall receive an amount for reasonable expenses that the court finds
to have been reasonably incurred, plus reasonable costs and attorney's fees. All expenses, costs, and fees shall be awarded against the defendant and under no
circumstances shall they be the responsibility of the state.
(g) Notwithstanding Section 9165, a violation of this article is not a crime.
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