Requires animal shelters that receive state funding to annually report on intake and disposition of animals; such reports shall be available to the public.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to requiring certain animal shelters to prepare annual reports on the number of animal intakes and dispositions
PURPOSE: To promote better care of animals placed in shelters by requiring greater transparency on the part of state funded animal shelters with regard to both the intake and disposition of animals.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one amends the agriculture and markets law by adding a new section 374-a which provides that any animal shelter that receives state funding shall prepare an annual report by January first of each year. Such annual report shall include the number of animal intakes, including, but not limited to animals that were surrendered by owners; were brought in by animal control, specifying from which jurisdiction; and were brought in as strays by someone other than the animal's owner. The report shall also include the number of animal dispositions, including, but not limited to animals that were adopted; were released to owners, or were transferred to other facilities, specifying the facility. The report shall include the number of animals that have died, specifying the reason for death, including deaths by euthanasia and the reasons for such euthanasia deaths. Each shelter that maintains a website, shall post a notice on its website stating that its report is available to be viewed by the public, and shall maintain each annual report for three years. Each animal shelter shall maintain at least one printed copy of their annual report to be viewed by the Public on site upon request.
Section two provides the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: As with most organizations that receive public funding, animal shelters that receive state funding are accountable to the public. The number of animals that are cared for by each shelter and the source of the animals are of interest to the public. The disposition of such animals is of equal interest, and an important indicator of the quality of and commitment to the rescue and care of animals. By requiring shelters that receive state funding to reveal certain specified information in the form of an annual report, this legislation will promote transparency and accountability, which in turn may lead to improved animal care and more favorable dispositions. The financial burden to the shelters is minimal when balanced against the potential for great gains in the quality of shelter practices.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal cast to state funded animal shelters to produce annual reports.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however that animal shelters subject to this act shall have completed their first annual report no later than January 1, 2017.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3429--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 1, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. KRUEGER, AVELLA, GRISANTI, HOYLMAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture -- recommitted to the Committee on Agriculture in accord- ance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to requir- ing certain animal shelters to prepare annual reports on the number of animal intakes and dispositions THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new section 374-a to read as follows: S 374-A. ANIMAL SHELTER ANNUAL REPORTS. 1. ANY ANIMAL SHELTER THAT RECEIVES STATE FUNDING SHALL, BY JANUARY FIRST OF EACH YEAR, PREPARE AN ANNUAL REPORT DISCLOSING: (A) THE NUMBER OF ANIMAL INTAKES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANIMALS THAT WERE: (I) SURRENDERED BY OWNERS; (II) BROUGHT IN BY ANIMAL CONTROL, SPECIFIED BY JURISDICTION; AND (III) STRAYS TAKEN IN BY SOMEONE OTHER THAN THE OWNER; (B) THE NUMBER OF ANIMAL DISPOSITIONS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANIMALS THAT: (I) WERE ADOPTED; (II) WERE RELEASED TO OWNERS; (III) WERE TRANSFERRED TO OTHER FACILITIES, SPECIFIED BY FACILITY; AND (IV) DIED, SPECIFYING THE REASON FOR DEATH, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO NATURAL CAUSES OR EUTHANASIA, AND SPECIFYING THE REASON FOR SUCH EUTHANASIA. 2. EACH ANIMAL SHELTER SHALL, PROVIDED SUCH ANIMAL SHELTER MAINTAINS A WEBSITE, POST A NOTICE ON ITS WEBSITE THAT SUCH REPORT IS AVAILABLE TOEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00880-02-4 S. 3429--A 2
BE VIEWED BY THE PUBLIC AND SHALL MAINTAIN EACH ANNUAL REPORT FOR THREE YEARS. 3. EACH ANIMAL SHELTER SHALL MAINTAIN AT LEAST ONE PRINTED COPY OF SUCH ANNUAL REPORT TO BE VIEWED BY THE PUBLIC ON SITE UPON REQUEST. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however that animal shelters subject to this act shall have completed their first annual report no later than January 1, 2017.