STATE OF NEW YORK
2019-2020 Regular Sessions
February 4, 2019
Introduced by M. of A. GLICK, COLTON, L. ROSENTHAL, BUCHWALD -- Multi-
Sponsored by -- M. of A. GOTTFRIED, PERRY -- read once and referred to
the Committee on Judiciary
AN ACT to amend the real property law, in relation to prohibiting claus-
es in leases requiring the declawing of animals
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The real property law is amended by adding a new section
2 235-h to read as follows:
3 § 235-h. Lease provisions related to declawing animals; prohibited. 1.
4 Any person, firm or corporation owning or having in charge any apartment
5 house, tenement house or other building or mobile home park used for
6 dwelling purposes who shall, in any lease of any or part of any such
7 building or mobile home park, have a clause therein requiring as a
8 restriction to occupancy the declawing of any animal, shall be guilty of
9 a violation.
10 2. For purposes of this section:
11 (a) "declawing" means performing, procuring, or arranging for any
12 non-therapeutic surgical procedure, such as onychectomy, tendonectomy,
13 or phalangectomy, to remove or to prevent the normal function of an
14 animal's claw or claws; and
15 (b) "non-therapeutic" means a surgical procedure that is performed
16 without there being a medical necessity to address the medical condition
17 of an animal, such as an existing or recurring illness, infection,
18 disease, injury, or abnormal condition that compromises the animal's
20 § 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
21 have become a law and shall apply to all leases entered into on or after
22 such date.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.