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A03283 Summary:

BILL NO    A03283 

SAME AS    No same as 

SPONSOR    Rabbitt (MS)

COSPNSR    Raia, Montesano, Katz, Finch

MLTSPNSR   Tenney, Titone

Add S6714-a, Ed L

Requires any employee of a veterinary facility, animal hospital or clinic,
animal boarding kennel, pound, shelter or rescue center or facility that
provides services for animals to report an animal's injury, illness or
condition to the police if such employee reasonably suspects animal cruelty or
abuse.
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A03283 Text:

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

                                         3283

                              2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                   January 24, 2013
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by  M. of A. RABBITT, RAIA, MONTESANO, KATZ, FINCH -- Multi-
         Sponsored by -- M. of A. TENNEY, TITONE -- read once and  referred  to
         the Committee on Agriculture

       AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to requiring any employee
         of  a  veterinary facility, animal hospital or clinic, animal boarding
         kennel, pound, shelter or rescue  center  or  facility  that  provides
         services  for  animals to report an animal's injury, illness or condi-
         tion to the police if such employee reasonably suspects animal cruelty
         or abuse

         THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 6714-a
    2  to read as follows:
    3    S  6714-A.  MANDATORY  REPORT  OF  SUSPECTED  ANIMAL CRUELTY, ABUSE OR
    4  NEGLECT. 1. WHEN ANY EMPLOYEE OF A VETERINARY FACILITY, ANIMAL  HOSPITAL
    5  OR  CLINIC,  ANIMAL  BOARDING KENNEL, POUND, SHELTER OR RESCUE CENTER OR
    6  OTHER FACILITY THAT PROVIDES SERVICES FOR  ANIMALS,  REASONABLY  AND  IN
    7  GOOD FAITH SUSPECTS THAT AN ANIMAL'S INJURY, ILLNESS OR CONDITION IS THE
    8  RESULT OF ANIMAL CRUELTY OR A VIOLATION OF STATE OR FEDERAL LAW PERTAIN-
    9  ING TO THE CARE, TREATMENT, ABUSE OR NEGLECT OF AN ANIMAL, SUCH EMPLOYEE
   10  SHALL  REPORT  THE INCIDENT AND DISCLOSE RECORDS CONCERNING THE ANIMAL'S
   11  CONDITION AND TREATMENT TO THE POLICE, DULY INCORPORATED SOCIETY FOR THE
   12  PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS, PEACE  OFFICERS,  DISTRICT  ATTORNEY'S
   13  OFFICE,  ANIMAL  CONTROL OFFICER, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS,
   14  OTHER APPROPRIATE GOVERNMENT AGENCY, OR ANY AGENT THEREOF.
   15    2. AN EMPLOYEE ACTS IN GOOD FAITH WITHIN THE MEANING OF  THIS  SECTION
   16  WHEN HE OR SHE REASONABLY BELIEVES THAT HIS OR HER ACTIONS ARE NECESSARY
   17  TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND WELFARE OF THE ANIMAL OR THE PUBLIC.
   18    3.  AN  EMPLOYEE WHO REASONABLY AND IN GOOD FAITH REPORTS OR DISCLOSES
   19  RECORDS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS SECTION SHALL BE IMMUNE  FROM  LIABILITY
   20  IN THE FORM OF DAMAGES IN ANY CIVIL OR CRIMINAL PROCEEDING ON ACCOUNT OF
   21  SUCH REPORTING OR DISCLOSURE.
   22    S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD05371-01-3
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