Requires animal shelters to annually report on intake and disposition of animals and the number of animals turned away by such shelters; requires shelters to submit such reports to the department of agriculture and markets; requires such department to post the reports on their website.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2023-2024 Regular Sessions
April 5, 2023
Introduced by M. of A. WEPRIN, COLTON -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.
GLICK, McDONOUGH, SIMON -- read once and referred to the Committee on
AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to requir-
ing animal shelters to prepare annual reports
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 374-a to read as follows:
3 § 374-a. Animal shelter annual reports. 1. Any animal shelter shall,
4 by March first of each year, prepare an annual report disclosing:
5 (a) the number of animal intakes, including, but not limited to
6 animals that were:
7 (i) surrendered by owners;
8 (ii) brought in by animal control, specified by jurisdiction; and
9 (iii) strays taken in by someone other than the owner;
10 (b) the number of animal dispositions, including, but not limited to
11 animals that:
12 (i) were adopted;
13 (ii) were released to owners;
14 (iii) were transferred to other facilities, specified by facility; and
15 (iv) died, specifying the reason for death, including, but not limited
16 to natural causes or euthanasia, and specifying the reason for such
17 euthanasia; and
18 (c) the number of animals that have been turned away from the shelter,
19 and the reason such animals were turned away.
20 2. Each animal shelter shall send such report to the department elec-
21 tronically, and such department shall publish such reports on its
23 3. Each animal shelter shall maintain at least one printed copy of
24 such annual report to be viewed by the public on site upon request.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
A. 6357 2
1 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that
2 animal shelters subject to this act shall have completed their first
3 annual report no later than January 1, 2028.