BILL NO A02596A
SAME AS SAME AS S01079-A
COSPNSR Gunther, Millman, Titone, Raia, Tedisco, Giglio, Montesano, Corwin,
McDonough, Lentol, Gabryszak, Hevesi, Mosley, Malliotakis
MLTSPNSR Brook-Krasny, Colton, Dinowitz, Gottfried, Lalor, McDonald,
Simanowitz, Sweeney, Weisenberg
Amd S195.06, Pen L
Increases penalties for killing a police work dog or police work horse by
providing that such offense shall be a class E felony; includes the intentional
killing of a police work dog or police work horse while such animal is in the
performance of its duties.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to killing
or injuring a police animal
PURPOSE: To protect police work dogs and horses who are killed while
performing their duty.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Article 195 of the Penal Law is amended to add
a new section 195.05-a which would make intentionally killing a police
work dog or police work horse a Class E Felony.
JUSTIFICATION: State and local law enforcement agencies and emergency
services have increasingly relied on the use of dogs for assistance in
crime solving, rescue and recovery operations. These animals serve the
people of New York State through the use of their keen senses, In
addition, State and local police and the emergency services invest a
great deal of time and resources in the training of these crime and
recovery assistants. The loss of a police work dog is not only a loss
to the law enforcement departments but also the citizens of New York,
S.4701 of 1997/1998; Referred to Senate Codes Committee S.4448 of
1999/2000; Referred to Senate Codes Committee S.1901/A.1369 of
2001/2002; Referred to Senate Codes Committee S.561/A.1615 of
2003/2004; Passed Senate S.701-A/A.296-A 2005/2005; Passed Senate
S.253-A of 2007/2008; Passed Senate S.1403 of 2009/2010; Referred to
Senate Codes Committee S.518 of 2011/2012; Referred to codes
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of November
next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.