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SB473 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2015-2016 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     January 7, 2015
        Introduced  by  Sen.  DIAZ  --  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  requir-
          ing all dogs and their owners to successfully complete basic obedience
          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 107 of the agriculture and markets
     2  law, as amended by section 1 of part T of chapter  59  of  the  laws  of
     3  2010, is amended to read as follows:
     4    1.  This article shall apply to all areas of the state except any city
     5  having a population of over two million, except that the  provisions  of
     6  section  one  hundred  thirteen-a of this article shall be applicable to
     7  the entire state.
     8    § 2. Paragraph (d) of subdivision 1 of section 109 of the  agriculture
     9  and  markets law, as amended by section 4 of part T of chapter 59 of the
    10  laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows:
    11    (d) The application shall be accompanied by the license fee prescribed
    12  by section one hundred ten of  this  article  [and],  a  certificate  of
    13  rabies vaccination or statement in lieu thereof, as required by subdivi-
    14  sion  two  of  this  section,  and,  for  owners and dogs subject to the
    15  provisions of section one hundred thirteen-a of this article, a  certif-
    16  icate  of successful completion of a basic obedience course. In the case
    17  of a spayed or neutered dog, every application shall also be accompanied
    18  by a certificate signed by  a  licensed  veterinarian  or  an  affidavit
    19  signed  by  the owner, showing that the dog has been spayed or neutered,
    20  provided such certificate or affidavit shall not be required if the same
    21  is already on file with the clerk or authorized dog control officer.  In
    22  lieu  of the spay or neuter certificate an owner may present a statement
    23  certified by a licensed veterinarian stating that he  has  examined  the
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  dog  and  found that because of old age or other reason, the life of the
     2  dog would be endangered by spaying  or  neutering.  In  such  case,  the
     3  license  fee  for  the dog shall be the same as for a spayed or neutered
     4  dog  as  set forth in subdivision one of section one hundred ten of this
     5  article.
     6    § 3.   The agriculture and markets law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
     7  section 113-a to read as follows:
     8    §  113-a.  Obedience  training; required. 1. The commissioner shall by
     9  rule or regulation establish requirements for  basic  obedience  courses
    10  for  dogs and their owners which must be successfully completed pursuant
    11  to this section. Such requirements shall  include  instruction  for  the
    12  owner on the principles of dog training, and instruction on and practice
    13  of  obedience  training  by both the dog and its owner. Furthermore, the
    14  commissioner shall establish minimum  requirements  for  the  successful
    15  completion of such basic obedience courses.
    16    2.  The  commissioner  shall  establish requirements for dog obedience
    17  schools which are authorized to provide the basic dog obedience  courses
    18  for dogs and their owners as required by this section.
    19    3.  The  owner  of  any  dog reaching the age of one year shall, on or
    20  before the date such dog reaches one year of age or within  one  hundred
    21  eighty  days  of  receiving  ownership  of  such dog, whichever shall be
    22  later, successfully complete, with his or her  dog,  a  basic  obedience
    23  course.
    24    4. Upon successful completion of a basic obedience course for dogs and
    25  their  owners, the dog obedience school shall issue a certificate to the
    26  owner that he or she and his or her dog have completed such course. Upon
    27  presentation of such a certificate to a licensing clerk by the owner  of
    28  a dog, such clerk shall issue, free of charge, to the dog owner a yellow
    29  metal  tag  which  shall be affixed to a collar on the dog at all times.
    30  Such yellow metal tags shall  be  issued  to  licensing  clerks  by  the
    31  department.
    32    §  4. Paragraph (g) of subdivision 1 of section 118 of the agriculture
    33  and markets law, as added by section 14 of part T of chapter 59  of  the
    34  laws  of  2010,  is  amended and a new paragraph (h) is added to read as
    35  follows:
    36    (g) any owner of a dog to fail to notify the municipality in which his
    37  or her dog is licensed of any change of ownership or address as required
    38  by section one hundred twelve of this article[.];
    39    (h) any owner to fail to complete a basic obedience course with his or
    40  her dog pursuant to section one hundred thirteen-a of this article.
    41    § 5. This act shall take effect immediately,  provided  that  sections
    42  two and four of this act and subdivision 3 of section 113-a of the agri-
    43  culture  and  markets  law, as added by section three of this act, shall
    44  take effect one year after this act shall have become a law.
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