A03661 Summary:

BILL NO    A03661 

SAME AS    No same as 

SPONSOR    Tenney (MS)

COSPNSR    Ra, Kearns, Titone, McDonough, Graf, Colton, Corwin, Brook-Krasny

MLTSPNSR   Ceretto, DiPietro, Giglio, Magee, McKevitt, Simanowitz, Thiele

Add S355-a, Ag & Mkts L

Relates to aggravated neglect of a companion animal.
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A03661 Actions:

BILL NO    A03661 

01/27/2015 referred to agriculture
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A03661 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A03661 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A3661

TITLE OF BILL:

An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to
aggravated neglect of a companion animal

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

Creates the crime of Aggravated Neglect of a Companion Animal.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 creates new law, Section 355-a of the Agriculture and
Markets law. This section creates the crime of Aggravated Neglect of a
Companion Animal. Aggravated Neglect relates to companion animals
subjected to cruelty where the owner has not taken reasonable steps to
locate and provide reasonable care for the animal. Section 1 also
creates the penalty for Aggravated neglect which is a felony.

Section 2 contains the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

This bill is named after Apollo, a 3 year old pitbull who was left
abandoned, tied to a picnic table in subzero temperatures. Although,
animals being abandoned in subzero temperatures is rare, animal
abandonment is a regular occurrence.  This bill looks to strengthen
the penalties for cruelty, neglect, and abandonment of companion
animals.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

01/31/14 referred to agriculture

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.
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A03661 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                         3661

                              2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                   January 27, 2015
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  TENNEY, RA, KEARNS, TITONE, McDONOUGH, GRAF,
         COLTON, CORWIN, BROOK-KRASNY -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.  CERET-
         TO, DiPIETRO, GIGLIO, MAGEE, McKEVITT, SIMANOWITZ, THIELE -- read once
         and referred to the Committee on Agriculture

       AN  ACT  to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to aggra-
         vated neglect of a companion animal

         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 355-a to read as follows:
    3    S 355-A. AGGRAVATED NEGLECT. 1. AN OWNER SHALL BE  LIABLE  FOR  AGGRA-
    4  VATED  NEGLECT  WHEN  A  COMPANION  ANIMAL  IS  SUBJECTED TO CRUELTY, AS
    5  DEFINED IN SECTION THREE HUNDRED FIFTY OF THIS ARTICLE,  AND  THE  OWNER
    6  HAS  NOT TAKEN REASONABLE STEPS TO LOCATE THE ANIMAL OR PROVIDE ADEQUATE
    7  CARE. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION THE TERM ABANDONMENT  SHALL  HAVE
    8  THE SAME MEANING AS SUPPLIED IN SECTION THREE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE OF THIS
    9  ARTICLE  PROVIDED, HOWEVER THAT THE FINE AND SENTENCING GUIDELINES SHALL
   10  BE AS PROSCRIBED HEREIN.
   11    2. AGGRAVATED NEGLECT OF COMPANION ANIMALS IS A  FELONY.  A  DEFENDANT
   12  CONVICTED  OF  THIS OFFENSE SHALL BE SENTENCED PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (B)
   13  OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION 55.10 OF THE PENAL LAW PROVIDED,  HOWEVER,
   14  THAT  ANY  TERM  OF  IMPRISONMENT  IMPOSED FOR VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION
   15  SHALL BE A DEFINITE SENTENCE, WHICH MAY NOT EXCEED TWO YEARS.
   16    S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD07611-01-5
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