STATE OF NEW YORK
February 23, 2022
Introduced by M. of A. McDONALD -- read once and referred to the Commit-
tee on Agriculture
AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to author-
izing the return of a dog to its owner or custodian
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Section 117 of the agriculture and markets law is amended
2 by adding a new subdivision 1-a to read as follows:
3 1-a. Notwithstanding the seizure requirements provided in subdivision
4 one of this section, dog control officer or peace officer, acting pursu-
5 ant to his or her special duties, or police officer in the employ of or
6 under contract to a municipality may, if there is no probable cause to
7 believe the dog is dangerous, return any dog with a current license
8 directly to the dog's owner or custodian of record at the address
9 provided on such dog's license.
10 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.