|SAME AS||SAME AS A03713|
|Add §353-g, Ag & Mkts L|
|Establishes an animal abuser statewide registry with community notification requirements.|
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2468 2017-2018 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 13, 2017 ___________ Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- 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 estab- lishing an animal abuser registry 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 353-g to read as follows: 3 § 353-g. Animal abuser registry. 1. For purposes of this section, the 4 term "animal abuser" means a person over eighteen years of age who has 5 been convicted of a felony violation of any provision of this article or 6 of the comparable statutes of another state. 7 2. Any animal abuser physically within the boundaries of this state 8 for more than ten consecutive days shall register with the county sher- 9 iff for the county in which the animal abuser is located before the end 10 of the eleventh day in the state. 11 3. Any previously registered animal abuser shall reregister with the 12 county sheriff for the county in which the animal abuser is located no 13 later than ten days after moving to a new location within the state. 14 4. When an animal abuser registers with the county sheriff, the animal 15 abuser shall provide the following registration information: 16 (a) the legal name and any other names or aliases that the animal 17 abuser is using or has used; 18 (b) the date of birth of the animal abuser; 19 (c) the social security number of the animal abuser; 20 (d) the current address or location of the animal abuser; 21 (e) the place of employment of the animal abuser; 22 (f) the animal protection offense for which the animal abuser was 23 convicted; and 24 (g) the date and place of the animal protection offense conviction of 25 the animal abuser. EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03087-01-7S. 2468 2 1 5. When an animal abuser registers with a county sheriff, the sheriff 2 shall obtain: 3 (a) a photograph of the animal abuser and a complete set of the animal 4 abuser's fingerprints; and 5 (b) a description of any tattoos, scars or other distinguishing 6 features on the animal abuser's body that would assist in identifying 7 the animal abuser. 8 6. Following an animal abuser's initial registration pursuant to the 9 provisions of this section, an animal abuser shall annually renew the 10 animal abuser's registration with the county sheriff prior to December 11 thirty-first of each subsequent calendar year for a period of fifteen 12 years. 13 7. An animal abuser who intentionally or knowingly fails to comply 14 with the registration requirements, or provides false information when 15 complying with the registration requirements set forth in this section, 16 is guilty of a class E felony. 17 8. Each county sheriff shall maintain a local registry of animal abus- 18 ers in the sheriff's jurisdiction required to register pursuant to this 19 section. 20 9. The county sheriff shall forward all registration information 21 obtained from animal abusers to the New York state division of criminal 22 justice services. 23 10. Within ten days of receiving initial registration information from 24 an animal abuser, the county sheriff shall contact every residence, 25 school, humane society, animal shelter and any other business within a 26 half mile radius of the animal abuser's residence or location and 27 provide them with the animal abuser's registration information, with the 28 exception of the animal abuser's social security number. 29 11. The New York state division of criminal justice services shall 30 maintain a central registry of animal abusers required to register 31 pursuant to the provisions of this section. The central registry of 32 animal abusers shall be made available to the public through internet 33 access, telephone access, written access and in-person access. All of 34 the information contained in an animal abuser's registration, with the 35 exception of the animal abuser's social security number, shall be made 36 available. Records of each animal abuser's registration shall be main- 37 tained for the duration of the fifteen year period in which the animal 38 abuser is required to be registered. 39 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.