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SB7475 Text:

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

                                        7475--B

                                   I N  S E N A T E

                                     May 15, 2014
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by  Sen.  BOYLE  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
         printed to be committed  to  the  Committee  on  Higher  Education  --
         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 education law, in relation to requiring research
         dogs and cats at certain facilities to be offered for adoption through
         private placement or a non-profit animal rescue and shelter  organiza-
         tion

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

    1    Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
    2  the "Research animal retirement act".
    3    S  2.  The  education  law is amended by adding a new section 239-b to
    4  read as follows:
    5    S 239-B. RESEARCH DOGS AND CATS. 1. RESEARCH DOGS AND CATS.  A  HIGHER
    6  EDUCATION  RESEARCH  FACILITY  THAT  RECEIVES  PUBLIC  MONEY,  INCLUDING
    7  TAX-EXEMPT STATUS, OR A FACILITY THAT PROVIDES RESEARCH IN COLLABORATION
    8  WITH A HIGHER EDUCATION FACILITY, AND OTHER RELATED RESEARCH  FACILITIES
    9  THAT  CONFINE DOGS OR CATS FOR SCIENCE OR RESEARCH PURPOSES SHALL, AFTER
   10  THE COMPLETION OF ANY TESTING OR RESEARCH WHERE THE ANIMAL'S DESTRUCTION
   11  IS NOT REQUIRED AND THE ANIMAL IS NO LONGER NEEDED, OFFER  THE  DOGS  OR
   12  CATS  FOR  ADOPTION,  EITHER  THROUGH PRIVATE PLACEMENT OR TO NON-PROFIT
   13  ANIMAL RESCUE AND SHELTER ORGANIZATIONS FOR ADOPTION PRIOR TO  EUTHANIZ-
   14  ING  SUCH  ANIMALS.  IF  PRIVATE PLACEMENT IS UNSUCCESSFUL SUCH FACILITY
   15  SHALL OFFER THE DOGS OR CATS TO NON-PROFIT  ANIMAL  RESCUE  AND  SHELTER
   16  ORGANIZATIONS PRIOR TO EUTHANIZING.
   17    2.  A  FACILITY  THAT  IS REQUIRED TO OFFER DOGS OR CATS TO NON-PROFIT
   18  ANIMAL RESCUE AND SHELTER ORGANIZATIONS UNDER  THIS  SECTION  MAY  ENTER
   19  INTO  AN  AGREEMENT  WITH NON-PROFIT ANIMAL RESCUE AND SHELTER ORGANIZA-
   20  TIONS FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS SECTION.
   21    3. A FACILITY THAT IS REQUIRED TO OFFER  DOGS  OR  CATS  FOR  ADOPTION
   22  UNDER  THIS  SECTION  SHALL OWE NO DUTY OF CARE TO ANY NON-PROFIT ANIMAL
   23  RESCUE AND SHELTER ORGANIZATION THAT ACCEPTS THE ANIMAL OR TO ANY PERSON

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD13843-08-4
       S. 7475--B                          2

    1  OR ENTITY THAT MAY ADOPT SUCH ANIMALS, WHETHER  THROUGH  SUCH  ORGANIZA-
    2  TIONS  OR  THROUGH PRIVATE PLACEMENT. NO ASSUMPTION OF RESPONSIBILITY OR
    3  LIABILITY FOR INJURIES, PROPERTY DAMAGE,  OR  OTHER  DAMAGES  OR  LOSSES
    4  SHALL  BE  INCURRED BY SUCH RESEARCH FACILITY ON ACCOUNT OF THE ADOPTION
    5  OR PLACEMENT OF ANY DOG OR CAT PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS  ARTI-
    6  CLE.
    7    S  3.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
    8  have become a law, provided  that  the  state  education  department  is
    9  authorized  to promulgate any and all rules and regulations and take any
   10  other measures necessary to implement this act on its effective date, on
   11  or before such date.
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