A02764 Summary:

COSPNSRBurke, Gottfried, Englebright, Rosenthal L, Walczyk, D'Urso, Ortiz, Arroyo, Steck, DeStefano, Davila, Mosley, Sayegh, Miller MG, Blake, Cruz, Epstein, Niou
Amd §365, add §365-a, Ag & Mkts L
Prohibits ear clipping and tail docking of dogs unless deemed medically necessary to protect the life or health of the dog.
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A02764 Actions:

01/25/2019referred to agriculture
01/08/2020referred to agriculture
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A02764 Committee Votes:

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A02764 Floor Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A02764 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 25, 2019
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  FERNANDEZ  --  read once and referred to the
          Committee on Agriculture
        AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to  prohib-
          iting  ear  clipping  and tail docking of dogs unless deemed medically
          necessary to protect the life or health of the dog

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 365 of the agriculture and markets
     2  law,  as  amended by chapter 458 of the laws of 1985, is amended to read
     3  as follows:
     4    1. Whoever clips or cuts off or causes or procures another to clip  or
     5  cut  off the whole or any part of an ear of any dog unless an anesthetic
     6  shall have been given to the  dog  and  the  operation  performed  by  a
     7  licensed  veterinarian  who  deems such operation medically necessary to
     8  protect the life or health of the  dog,  is  guilty  of  a  misdemeanor,
     9  punishable  by imprisonment for not more than one year, or a fine of not
    10  more than one thousand dollars, or by both.
    11    § 2. The agriculture and markets  law  is  amended  by  adding  a  new
    12  section 365-a to read as follows:
    13    § 365-a. Docking dog tails; unlawful. 1. Any person who cuts the bone,
    14  tissue, muscles or tendons of the tail of any dog, or otherwise operates
    15  upon  it  in any manner for the purpose or with the effect of docking or
    16  otherwise altering the natural  carriage  or  length  of  the  tail,  or
    17  assists,  procures, promotes or encourages such cutting or operation for
    18  reasons other than to protect the life or health of the  dog  as  deemed
    19  necessary  by  a  duly licensed veterinarian, is guilty of a misdemeanor
    20  punishable by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars.
    21    2. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any dog or person
    22  who is the owner or possessor of any dog whose tail has  been  certified
    23  as  having  been docked, cut or altered prior to August first, two thou-
    24  sand twenty.
    25    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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