|SAME AS||SAME AS S04647|
|COSPNSR||Miller, Arroyo, Dinowitz, Titone, Paulin, Colton, Rivera, Englebright, Gunther, Simotas, Galef, Cusick, Bronson, Moya, Rosenthal, Glick, Cahill, Benedetto, Hooper, DenDekker, Weprin, Kavanagh, Brindisi, Otis, Ortiz, Hunter, Linares, Murray|
|MLTSPNSR||Brennan, Ceretto, Curran, Giglio, Gottfried, Hikind, Kolb, Lupardo, Malliotakis, McDonald, McDonough, McKevitt, Mosley, Perry, Quart, Raia, Saladino, Schimel, Solages, Tedisco, Tenney, Thiele, Walker|
|Add S365-a, amd S374, Ag & Mkts L|
|Restricts the performance of surgical devocalization procedures on dogs and cats.|
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1679 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY January 12, 2015 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. ZEBROWSKI, MILLER, ARROYO, DINOWITZ, TITONE, PAULIN, COLTON, RIVERA, SCARBOROUGH, ENGLEBRIGHT, GUNTHER, SIMOTAS, LAVINE, GALEF, CUSICK, BRONSON, MOYA, ROSENTHAL, GLICK, CAMARA, CAHILL, BENEDETTO, ROBERTS, HOOPER, DenDEKKER, WEPRIN, KAVANAGH, BRIN- DISI, OTIS, ORTIZ -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. BRENNAN, CERETTO, CURRAN, FINCH, GIGLIO, GOTTFRIED, HIKIND, KOLB, LUPARDO, MALLIOTAKIS, McDONALD, McDONOUGH, McKEVITT, MOSLEY, PERRY, QUART, RAIA, SALADINO, SCHIMEL, SOLAGES, TEDISCO, TENNEY, THIELE, WALKER -- read once and referred to the Committee on Agriculture AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to restricting the performance of surgical devocalization procedures on dogs and cats 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 365-a to read as follows: 3 § 365-a. Devocalization of animals. 1. No person shall perform the 4 surgical devocalization of a dog or cat except in accordance with the 5 provisions of this section. 6 2. a. Surgical devocalization of a dog or cat shall be performed only 7 by a person licensed as a veterinarian in this state under the 8 provisions of article one hundred thirty-five of the education law. 9 b. Surgical devocalization of a dog or cat may be performed only when 10 the procedure is medically necessary to treat or relieve a physical 11 illness, disease or injury or correct a congenital abnormality suffered 12 by the animal, which physical illness, disease, injury or congenital 13 abnormality is causing or may reasonably cause the animal physical pain 14 or harm. 15 3. a. Any person who performs a surgical devocalization procedure on a 16 dog or cat shall include information related to the procedure including EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00005-01-5A. 1679 2 1 the medical necessity in the animal's treatment record as defined in 2 section sixty-seven hundred fourteen of the education law. 3 b. Any person who performs a devocalization procedure on a dog or cat 4 shall report the number in the aggregate of all such procedures to the 5 commissioner of education annually on or before March thirtieth. The 6 department shall maintain all notices received under this subdivision 7 for four years from the date of receipt. 8 4. As used in this section, "devocalization" means a surgical proce- 9 dure on the larynx or vocal cords of an animal intended to cause the 10 reduction or elimination of vocal sounds produced by that animal and 11 includes procedures commonly referred to as "debarking", "silencing" or 12 "bark softening". 13 5. a. Any person who knowingly performs, or knowingly causes to be 14 performed, the surgical devocalization of a dog or cat in violation of 15 the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor 16 punishable by imprisonment for a period of not more than ninety days or 17 by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars or by both such fine and 18 imprisonment. 19 b. Any veterinarian who knowingly performs a surgical devocalization 20 procedure in violation of the provisions of this section shall be 21 subject to the revocation or suspension of his or her license pursuant 22 to article one hundred thirty of the education law. 23 § 2. Paragraph a of subdivision 8 of section 374 of the agriculture 24 and markets law, as amended by chapter 594 of the laws of 2003 and such 25 subdivision as renumbered by chapter 479 of the laws of 2009, is amended 26 to read as follows: 27 a. In addition to any other penalty provided by law, upon conviction 28 for any violation of section three hundred fifty-one, three hundred 29 fifty-three, three hundred fifty-three-a, three hundred fifty-three-b, 30 three hundred fifty-five, three hundred fifty-six, three hundred fifty- 31 nine, three hundred sixty, three hundred sixty-one, three hundred 32 sixty-five, three hundred sixty-five-a or three hundred sixty-eight of 33 this article, the convicted person may, after a duly held hearing pursu- 34 ant to paragraph f of this subdivision, be ordered by the court to 35 forfeit, to a duly incorporated society for the prevention of cruelty to 36 animals or a duly incorporated humane society or authorized agents ther- 37 eof, the animal or animals which are the basis of the conviction. Upon 38 such an order of forfeiture, the convicted person shall be deemed to 39 have relinquished all rights to the animals which are the basis of the 40 conviction, except those granted in paragraph d of this subdivision. 41 § 3. The commissioner of agriculture and markets and the commissioner 42 of education are authorized and directed to promulgate and implement all 43 rules, regulations and standards they respectively deem necessary to 44 enforce the provisions of this act on or before the effective date of 45 this act. 46 § 4. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall 47 have become a law.