A03374 Summary:

COSPNSRColton, Dinowitz, Paulin, Rosenthal
Add S365-a, Ag & Mkts L
Prohibits the docking of dog tails for reasons other than to protect the life or health of the dog as deemed necessary by a duly licensed veterinarian; does not apply to dogs that have been certified as tail docked prior to August 1, 2015.
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A03374 Actions:

01/22/2015referred to agriculture
01/06/2016referred to agriculture
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A03374 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2015-2016 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 22, 2015
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. GLICK, COLTON, DINOWITZ, PAULIN, ROSENTHAL --
          Multi-Sponsored by -- M.  of A. GOTTFRIED -- read once and referred to
          the Committee on Agriculture
        AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation  to  making
          tail docking of dogs unlawful
          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. Docking dog tails; unlawful. 1. Any person who cuts the bone,
     4  tissues, muscles or tendons of the tail of any dog, or  otherwise  oper-
     5  ates upon it in any manner for the purpose or with the effect of docking
     6  or  otherwise  altering  the  natural carriage or length of the tail, or
     7  assists, procures, promotes or encourages such cutting or operation  for
     8  reasons  other  than  to protect the life or health of the dog as deemed
     9  necessary by a duly licensed veterinarian, is guilty  of  a  misdemeanor
    10  punishable by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars.
    11    2.  Any person who shows or exhibits a dog, the tail of which has been
    12  cut, altered or operated upon in the manner referred to  in  subdivision
    13  one  of this section, at a show or other exhibition in this state or who
    14  encourages, procures or sponsors such an  exhibition,  is  guilty  of  a
    15  misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars.
    16    3.   Any dog owner who is injured or damaged in any way by a violation
    17  of the foregoing provisions of this section,  or  any  New  York  animal
    18  rights  organization, may institute and maintain in the supreme court of
    19  this state a private right of  action,  including  a  proceeding  for  a
    20  declaratory judgment, to obtain redress for such injury or violation.
    21    4. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any dog or person
    22  who  is  the owner or possessor of any dog whose tail has been certified
    23  as having been docked, cut or altered prior to August first,  two  thou-
    24  sand fifteen.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        A. 3374                             2
     1    §  2. This act shall take effect August 1, 2015; provided, however, if
     2  this act shall become a law after such date it shall take  effect  imme-
     3  diately and shall be deemed to have been in full force and effect on and
     4  after August 1, 2015.
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