BILL NO S04203B SAME AS No same as SPONSOR GRISANTI COSPNSR MLTSPNSR 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.Go to top
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4203--B 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 14, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee 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: 15 3-a. No later than twenty-four hours after a dog has been seized by 16 any dog control officer or peace officer acting pursuant to his or her 17 special duties, or police officer in the employ of or under contract to 18 a municipality, or any duly incorporated society for the prevention of 19 cruelty to animals, duly incorporated humane society, pound or shelter 20 that is operated by or under contract to a municipality, such officer, 21 society, pound or shelter shall take steps to: EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06462-12-3S. 4203--B 2 1 (a) check the dog for all forms of identification, including, but not 2 limited to, tags, microchips, tattoos or licenses; and 3 (b) if practicable, make available to the public on the internet on a 4 website maintained by or otherwise made available to such officer, soci- 5 ety, pound or shelter by the municipal or county government in which 6 such officer, society, pound or shelter is located, a photograph, and a 7 general description of the dog to assist the owner or owners in finding 8 the dog, including the breed or breeds, if known, although information 9 about the dog may be withheld if deemed appropriate to facilitate find- 10 ing the owner or owners or otherwise protect the safety of the dog. Such 11 officer, pound, shelter or society shall also compare the information 12 known about the dog with records of dogs reported to be lost or stolen 13 pursuant to section one hundred twelve of this article within twenty- 14 four hours after such records become available following seizure or 15 taking possession of such dog. The notice required by this paragraph may 16 be made by means other than the internet if use of the internet is 17 impracticable. Nothing in this subdivision shall be interpreted as 18 requiring a website to be maintained or equipment or technology to be 19 purchased in order to comply with the provisions of this subdivision. 20 § 3. Subdivision 6 of section 117 of the agriculture and markets law, 21 as added by chapter 220 of the laws of 1978 and such section as renum- 22 bered by section 12 of part T of chapter 59 of the laws of 2010, is 23 amended to read as follows: 24 6. Promptly upon seizure of any identified dog, or a dog identified by 25 another form of identification, including a tag, tattoo or microchip, 26 the owner of record of such dog shall be notified personally [ or], by 27 [ certified] telephone or by mail, [ return receipt requested,] of the 28 facts of seizure and the procedure for redemption. If notification is 29 [ personally] given personally or by telephone, such dog shall be held 30 for a period of seven days after day of notice, during which period the 31 dog may be redeemed by the owner. If such notification is made by mail, 32 such dog shall be held for a period of nine days from the date of mail- 33 ing, during which period the dog may be redeemed by the owner. In either 34 case, the owner may redeem such dog upon payment of the impoundment fees 35 prescribed by subdivision four of this section and by producing proof 36 that the dog has been licensed. Nothing in this subdivision shall be 37 interpreted as requiring the purchase of equipment or technology to 38 comply with the provisions of this subdivision. 39 § 4. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall 40 have become a law.