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A04975 Summary:

BILL NOA04975
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORWeprin
 
COSPNSRColton
 
MLTSPNSRGlick, Lupinacci, Malliotakis, Mayer, McDonough, Montesano, Simon, Skartados
 
Add 374-a, Ag & Mkts L
 
Requires animal shelters that receive state funding to annually report on intake and disposition of animals; such reports shall be available to the public.
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A04975 Actions:

BILL NOA04975
 
02/06/2017referred to agriculture
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A04975 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A4975
 
SPONSOR: Weprin (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to requiring certain animal shelters to prepare annual reports on the number of animal intakes and dispositions   PURPOSE: To promote better care of animals placed in shelters by requiring great- er transparency on the part of state funded animal shelters with regard to both the intake and disposition of animals.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one amends the agriculture and markets law by adding a new section 374-a which provides that any animal shelter that receives state funding shall prepare an annual report by January first of each year. Such annual report shall include the number of animal intakes, includ- ing, but not limited to animals that were surrendered by owners; were brought in by animal control, specifying from which jurisdiction; and were brought in as strays by someone other than the animal's owner. The report shall also include the number of animal dispositions, including, but not limited to animals that were adopted; were released to owners, or were transferred to other facilities, specifying the facility. The report shall include the number of animals that have died, specifying the reason for death, including deaths by euthanasia and the reasons for such euthanasia deaths. Each shelter that maintains a website, shall post a notice on its website stating that its report is available to be viewed by the public, and shall maintain each annual report for three years. Each animal shelter shall maintain at least one printed copy of their annual report to be viewed by the Public on site upon request. Section two provides the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: As with most organizations that receive public funding, animal shelters that receive state funding are accountable to the public. The number of animals that are cared for by each shelter and the source of the animals are of interest to the public. The disposition of such animals is of equal interest, and an important indicator of the quality of and commit- ment to the rescue and care of animals. By requiring shelters that receive state funding to reveal certain specified information in the form of an annual report, this legislation will promote transparency and accountability, which in turn may lead to improved animal care and more favorable dispositions. The financial burden to the shelters is minimal when balanced against the potential for great gains in the quality of shelter practices.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal cast to state funded animal shelters to produce annual reports.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however that animal shelters subject to this act shall have completed their first annual report no later than January 1, 2020.
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A04975 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          4975
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    February 6, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. WEPRIN, COLTON -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.
          GLICK, LUPINACCI, MALLIOTAKIS,  MAYER,  McDONOUGH,  MONTESANO,  SIMON,
          SKARTADOS -- read once and referred to the Committee on Agriculture
 
        AN  ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to requir-
          ing certain animal shelters to prepare annual reports on the number of
          animal intakes and dispositions
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new
     2  section 374-a to read as follows:
     3    § 374-a. Animal shelter annual reports. 1.  Any  animal  shelter  that
     4  receives  state funding shall, by January first of each year, prepare an
     5  annual report disclosing:
     6    (a) the number of  animal  intakes,  including,  but  not  limited  to
     7  animals that were:
     8    (i) surrendered by owners;
     9    (ii) brought in by animal control, specified by jurisdiction; and
    10    (iii) strays taken in by someone other than the owner;
    11    (b)  the  number of animal dispositions, including, but not limited to
    12  animals that:
    13    (i) were adopted;
    14    (ii) were released to owners;
    15    (iii) were transferred to other facilities, specified by facility; and
    16    (iv) died, specifying the reason for death, including, but not limited
    17  to natural causes or euthanasia, and  specifying  the  reason  for  such
    18  euthanasia.
    19    2. Each animal shelter shall, provided such animal shelter maintains a
    20  website,  post  a notice on its website that such report is available to
    21  be viewed by the public and shall maintain each annual report for  three
    22  years.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD09372-01-7

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     1    3.  Each  animal  shelter  shall maintain at least one printed copy of
     2  such annual report to be viewed by the public on site upon request.
     3    §  2.  This  act shall take effect immediately; provided, however that
     4  animal shelters subject to this act shall  have  completed  their  first
     5  annual report no later than January 1, 2022.
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