|SAME AS||No same as|
|COSPNSR||Galef, Roberts, Weisenberg, DiPietro, Otis, Rosenthal|
|Amd SS113 & 117, Ag & Mkts L|
|Relates to owners of lost pets and return of lost pets to their owners; requires the entity with possession to take steps to check the dogs for any identification including tags, tattoos and microchips; makes information available to the public on their website to assist owners in finding their pets.|
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3843--C 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY January 29, 2013 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. PAULIN, GALEF, ROBERTS, WEISENBERG, DiPIETRO, OTIS, ROSENTHAL -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. GOTTFRIED -- read once and referred to the Committee on Agriculture -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- reported and referred to the Committee on Codes -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- recommitted to the Committee on Agriculture in accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- reported and referred to the Committee on Codes -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit- tee AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to the identification of owners of lost pets and return of lost pets to their owners The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 113 of the agriculture and markets 2 law, as amended by section 8 of part T of chapter 59 of the laws of 3 2010, is amended to read as follows: 4 4. Every dog control officer, peace officer, when acting pursuant to 5 his special duties or police officer shall promptly make and maintain a 6 complete record of any seizure and subsequent disposition of any dog. 7 Such record shall include, but not be limited to, a description of the 8 dog, the date and hour of seizure, the official identification number of 9 such dog, if any, or any other identifying information from a tag, 10 tattoo or microchip if such can be reasonably ascertained, the location 11 where seized, the reason for seizure, and the owner's name and address, 12 if known. 13 § 2. Section 117 of the agriculture and markets law is amended by 14 adding a new subdivision 3-a to read as follows: EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06462-24-4A. 3843--C 2 1 3-a. No later than twenty-four hours or as soon as practicable after 2 a dog has been seized by any dog control officer or peace officer acting 3 pursuant to his or her special duties, or police officer in the employ 4 of or under contract to a municipality, or any duly incorporated society 5 for the prevention of cruelty to animals, duly incorporated humane soci- 6 ety, pound or shelter that is operated by or under contract to a munici- 7 pality, such officer, society, pound or shelter shall take steps to: 8 (a) check the dog for all forms of identification, including, but not 9 limited to, tags, microchips, tattoos or licenses; and 10 (b) if practicable, make available to the public on the internet on a 11 website maintained by or otherwise made available to such officer, soci- 12 ety, pound or shelter by the municipal or county government in which 13 such officer, society, pound or shelter is located, a photograph, and a 14 general description of the dog to assist the owner or owners in finding 15 the dog, including the breed or breeds, if known, although information 16 about the dog may be withheld if deemed appropriate to facilitate find- 17 ing the owner or owners or otherwise protect the safety of the dog. The 18 notice required by this paragraph may be made by means other than the 19 internet if use of the internet is impracticable. Nothing in this subdi- 20 vision shall be interpreted as requiring a website to be maintained or 21 equipment or technology to be purchased in order to comply with the 22 provisions of this subdivision. 23 (c) Such officer, pound, shelter or society shall also compare the 24 information known about the dog with records of dogs reported to be lost 25 or stolen pursuant to section one hundred twelve of this article within 26 twenty-four hours or as soon as practicable after such records become 27 available following seizure or taking possession of such dog. 28 § 3. Subdivision 4 of section 117 of the agriculture and markets law, 29 as amended and such section as renumbered by section 12 of part T of 30 chapter 59 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: 31 4. Each dog which is not identified by an official identification tag, 32 as defined in subdivision eleven of section one hundred eight of this 33 chapter, whether or not licensed, shall be held for a period of five 34 days from the day seized during which period the dog may be redeemed by 35 its owner, provided that such owner produces proof that the dog has been 36 licensed and has been identified pursuant to the provisions of this 37 article and further provided that the owner pays the following impound- 38 ment fees: 39 (a) not less than ten dollars for the first impoundment of any dog 40 owned by that person; 41 (b) not less than twenty dollars for the first twenty-four hours or 42 part thereof and three dollars for each additional twenty-four hours or 43 part thereof for the second impoundment, within one year of the first 44 impoundment, of any dog owned by that person; or 45 (c) not less than thirty dollars for the first twenty-four hours or 46 part thereof and three dollars for each additional twenty-four hours or 47 part thereof for the third and subsequent impoundments, within one year 48 of the first impoundment, of any dog owned by that person. 49 The impoundment fees set forth in paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) of this 50 subdivision notwithstanding, any municipality may set by local law or 51 ordinance such fees in any amount. 52 § 4. Subdivision 6 of section 117 of the agriculture and markets law, 53 as added by chapter 220 of the laws of 1978 and such section as renum- 54 bered by section 12 of part T of chapter 59 of the laws of 2010, is 55 amended to read as follows:A. 3843--C 3 1 6. (a) Promptly upon seizure of any identified dog, as defined in 2 subdivisions eleven and twelve of section one hundred eight of this 3 chapter, the owner of record of such dog shall be notified personally; 4 or by certified mail, return receipt requested, of the facts of seizure 5 and the procedure for redemption. 6 (b) Promptly upon the seizure of a dog potentially identifiable by 7 another form of identification, including a tag, tattoo or microchip, or 8 records of dogs reported to be lost or stolen pursuant to section one 9 hundred twelve of this article, reasonable efforts shall be made to 10 identify the owner of the dog. Once the owner is identified, the owner 11 shall be notified personally or by certified mail, return receipt 12 requested. If unable to identify such owner after having made reasonable 13 efforts to do so, such dog shall be held in accordance with subdivision 14 four of this section. 15 (c) If notification is personally given, such dog identified pursuant 16 to paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subdivision shall be held for a period 17 of seven days after day of notice, during which period the dog may be 18 redeemed by the owner. If such notification is made by certified mail, 19 such dog identified pursuant to paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subdivi- 20 sion shall be held for a period of nine days from the date of mailing, 21 during which period the dog may be redeemed by the owner. In either 22 case, the owner may redeem such dog upon payment of the impoundment fees 23 prescribed by subdivision four of this section and by producing proof 24 that the dog has been licensed. Nothing in this subdivision shall be 25 interpreted as requiring the purchase of equipment or technology to 26 comply with the provisions of this subdivision. 27 § 5. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall 28 have become a law.