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A04793 Summary:

COSPNSRHawley, DeStefano, Salka, Tannousis, Brabenec, Tague
Add §355-a, Ag & Mkts L
Relates to aggravated neglect of a companion animal.
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A04793 Actions:

02/08/2021referred to agriculture
01/05/2022referred to agriculture
05/10/2022held for consideration in agriculture
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A04793 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 8, 2021
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  B. MILLER  --  read once and referred to the
          Committee on Agriculture
        AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation  to  aggra-
          vated neglect of a companion animal
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a  new
     2  section 355-a to read as follows:
     3    §  355-a.  Aggravated  neglect. 1. An owner shall be liable for aggra-
     4  vated neglect when a  companion  animal  is  subjected  to  cruelty,  as
     5  defined  in  section  three hundred fifty of this article, and the owner
     6  has not taken reasonable steps to locate the animal or provide  adequate
     7  care.  For  the purposes of this section the term abandonment shall have
     8  the same meaning as supplied in section three hundred fifty-five of this
     9  article provided, however that the fine and sentencing guidelines  shall
    10  be as proscribed herein.
    11    2.  Aggravated  neglect  of companion animals is a felony. A defendant
    12  convicted of this offense shall be sentenced pursuant to  paragraph  (b)
    13  of  subdivision one of section 55.10 of the penal law provided, however,
    14  that any term of imprisonment imposed  for  violation  of  this  section
    15  shall be a definite sentence, which may not exceed two years.
    16    § 2. 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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