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                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2013-2014 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 17, 2013
        Introduced  by  Sen.  ADAMS  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture
        AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets  law,  in  relation  to  the
          euthanasia of horses
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Section 374 of the agriculture and markets law  is  amended
     2  by adding a new subdivision 4-a to read as follows:
     3    4-a.  a.  Except  as  provided  in paragraph b of this subdivision, no
     4  state agency, department or any political subdivision thereof which owns
     5  a horse shall independently euthanize such horse unless such state agen-
     6  cy, department or political subdivision thereof has first made a reason-
     7  able attempt to donate such  horse  to  a  not-for-profit  organization,
     8  where  such  not-for-profit organization agrees to provide for the feed-
     9  ing, care and maintenance  of  such  horse.  Upon  satisfaction  of  the
    10  provisions of this paragraph, such state agency, department or political
    11  subdivision  thereof which owns a horse may independently euthanize such

    12  horse, provided that such horse is euthanized by a certified  euthanasia
    13  technician,  a  licensed veterinarian or a licensed veterinarian techni-
    14  cian in a manner consistent with the provisions of subdivision three  of
    15  this section.
    16    b.  Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph a of this subdivision,
    17  a state agency, department or political subdivision thereof which owns a
    18  horse may euthanize such horse by gunshot as an emergency measure for an
    19  animal that is posing an imminent threat of serious physical injury to a
    20  person or to another animal and where the use of the method of  euthana-
    21  sia  set forth in subdivision three of this section is rendered impossi-
    22  ble or where a severely injured horse is suffering and cannot  otherwise

    23  be aided.
    24    §  2.  This  act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall
    25  have become a law.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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