STATE OF NEW YORK
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
January 12, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. TEDISCO, KATZ, BUTLER, McDONOUGH, RIVERA, TENNEY,
McLAUGHLIN, CORWIN, GARBARINO, MALLIOTAKIS, LUPINACCI -- Multi-Spon-
sored by -- M. of A. BROOK-KRASNY, CERETTO, COLTON, COOK, CROUCH,
FINCH, JOHNS, KOLB, MILLER, RAIA, THIELE -- read once and referred to
the Committee on Agriculture
AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to expand-
ing the definition of aggravated cruelty to animals to include harm to
animals during the commission of a felony
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 353-a of the agriculture and
2 markets law, as added by chapter 118 of the laws of 1999, is amended to
3 read as follows:
4 1. A person is guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals when[,]: either
5 (a) with no justifiable purpose, he or she intentionally kills or
6 intentionally causes serious physical injury , as defined in subdivision
7 twenty-nine of section one hundred eight of this chapter, to a companion
8 animal with aggravated cruelty[.]; or
9 (b) in the course of commission of a felony, or of immediate flight
10 therefrom, he or she causes physical injury, as defined in subdivision
11 twenty-eight of section one hundred eight of this chapter, or death to a
12 companion animal.
13 For purposes of this section, "aggravated cruelty" shall mean conduct
14 which: (i) is intended to cause extreme physical pain; or (ii) is done
15 or carried out in an especially depraved or sadistic manner.
16 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.