Directs the department of agriculture and markets to inspect the condition of certain horse stalls in cities with a population of one million or more.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law and the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the inspection of certain horse stables in cities of one million or more
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To direct the department of agriculture and markets to inspect the condition of certain horse stalls in New York City.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one amends the agriculture and markets law by adding a new section 359-b: Inspection of certain horse stables in cities of one million or more.
Section two amends section 17-330 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York. Section three is the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: The past two decades have seen a tremendous loss of recreational equine facilities and opportunities within New York City. New York State must, at this time, protect, promote, and stabilize what is left of the equine industry within our great state. By doing so, this industry will continue to contribute to the City and State economy.
This bill is intended to bait the devastating depletion of recreational horse industries by giving authority over inspection, health and safety to New York State's Department of Agriculture and Markets, Action must be taken to stabilize and stimulate the horse industry for the enjoyment of our next generation of horse enthusiasts, continued equine attractions for the enjoyment of the public and availability of this great recreation for the people of the City of New York.
The equine community/industry of the City of New York has proven, without question, their ability to govern themselves without incidents; including but not limited to protecting the health of the public, ensuring biological security and preventing contagious zoonotic diseases or the possibility of epidemics.
This bill will create one statewide uniform standard governing the inspection, health and safety of the recreational horse industry in New York State. This measure will relieve the City of New York and its agencies including the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from the burdensome enforcement of unique standards upon Rental Horses, Lesson Horses and Boarding! Lesson Stables. Due to the decrease in the size of the industry within New York City there is a financial drain on the city for the continuing involvement of the various city bureaus. With this bill, standards will be determined and applied by agencies staffed, tasked and capable of providing such standards including the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: A.3317-A - Died in Agriculture/S.4342 - Died in Finance; 2010: A.11699 - died in Agriculture/S.8068-A - Died in Agriculture.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first day of January next succeeding the date on which it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4382 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 25, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- 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 and the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the inspection of certain horse stables in cities of one million or more 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 359-b to read as follows: S 359-B. INSPECTION OF CERTAIN HORSE STABLES IN CITIES OF ONE MILLION OR MORE. 1. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL APPLY ONLY TO: (A) HORSE STABLES IN CITIES HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE; AND (B) HORSE STABLES FOR RIDING HORSES, THE BOARDING OF HORSES OR FOR HORSES USED FOR RIDING LESSONS IN CITIES HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE. 2. NO PROVISION OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE DEEMED TO APPLY TO CARRIAGE HORSES OR ANY HORSE THAT IS SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE RACING, PARI-MUTUEL WAGERING AND BREEDING LAW. 3. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL, AT A MINIMUM, MAKE YEARLY INSPECTIONS OF HORSE STABLES TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE. 4. THE COMMISSIONER IS AUTHORIZED TO PROMULGATE SUCH RULES AND REGU- LATIONS AS HE OR SHE DEEMS NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. 5. VIOLATION OF ANY PROVISION OF THIS SECTION OR ANY RULE OR REGU- LATION PROMULGATED PURSUANT THERETO SHALL BE A CIVIL OFFENSE PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF NOT LESS THAN ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS NOR MORE THAN ONE THOU- SAND DOLLARS. S 2. Section 17-330 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 2 of the city of New York for the year 1994, subdivisions b, c, g, l, n and p as amended and subdivisionsEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00829-01-3 S. 4382 2
q and r as added by local law number 10 of the city of New York for the year 2010, is amended to read as follows: S 17-330 Regulations. a. The commissioner, with the advice of the advisory board as hereinafter established AND SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION THREE HUNDRED FIFTY-NINE-B OF THE AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS LAW, shall promulgate such regulations as are necessary to carry out the provisions of this subchapter and to promote the health, safety and well being of the horses which are required to be licensed hereunder and of members of the public who hire such horses. b. 1. Horses shall not be left untethered or unattended except when confined in a stable or other enclosure. When tethered, all horses shall be secured by the use of a rope attached to the halter, not to the bit or bridle. 2. Horse bridles and halters shall be used on carriage horses at all times when operating a carriage. c. Standing stalls for carriage horses shall be sixty square feet or larger, with a minimum width of seven feet, and shall be configured to permit a carriage horse to turn around and safely lay down within the stall. Horses shall be un-tied when stabled. A halter shall be on the horse or hung outside each stall at all times. d. Horses shall be adequately quartered. Stables and stalls shall be clean and dry and sufficient bedding of straw, shavings or other suit- able materials shall be furnished and changed as often as necessary to maintain them in a clean and dry condition. Adequate heating and venti- lation shall be maintained in stables as prescribed by the
[commission- er]STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS. e. Owners shall insure that appropriate and sufficient food and drink- ing water are available for each horse and that while working each horse is permitted to eat and drink at reasonable intervals. f. Owners shall not allow a horse to be worked on a public highway, path or street during adverse weather or other dangerous conditions which are a threat to the health or safety of the horse. A horse being worked when such conditions develop shall be immediately returned to the stable by the most direct route. g. 1. Carriage horses shall not be at work for more than nine hours in any continuous twenty-four hour period. Riding horses shall not be at work for more than eight hours in any continuous twenty-four hour peri- od. Rest periods for carriage horses and riding horses shall be of such duration and at such intervals as the commissioner shall prescribe, but rest periods for carriage horses shall in no event be for less than fifteen minutes after each two hour working period, and the time of such rest period shall be included in calculating the number of hours the horse has worked in any twenty-four hour period. During such rest peri- ods, the person in charge of such carriage horses shall make fresh water available to the horse. 2. Carriage horses shall receive no less than five weeks of vacation or furlough every twelve months at a horse stable facility which allows daily access to paddock or pasture turnout. Proof of such vacation or furlough shall be provided upon request to the department and/or the ASPCA. h. Carriage horses shall not be driven at a pace faster than a trot. Riding horses may be ridden at a canter but shall not be galloped. i. Horses shall be suitably trimmed or shod, and saddles, bridles, bits, road harnesses and any other equipment used on or with a horse at work shall be maintained and properly fitted as prescribed by regulation of the commissioner.S. 4382 3
j. Stables in which horses used in a rental horse business are kept shall be open for inspection by authorized officers, veterinarians and employees of the STATE department OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS, and any persons designated by the STATE commissioner OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS to enforce the provisions of this subchapter AND THE STATE AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS LAW, agents of the ASPCA, police officers, and employees of the department of consumer affairs. k. An owner shall be jointly liable with the person to whom a horse is rented for any violation of this subchapter or of any regulations promulgated hereunder committed by such person if the owner had know- ledge or notice of the act which gave rise to the violation at the time of or prior to its occurrence or under the circumstances should have had knowledge or notice of such act and did not attempt to prevent it from occurring. l. An owner of a rental horse business shall keep such records as the commissioner of health shall prescribe including but not limited to a consecutive daily record of the movements of each licensed horse includ- ing the driver's name and identification number, if applicable, rider's name, the horse's identification number, vehicle license plate number, if applicable, time of leaving stable and time of return to stable. An owner of a rental horse business shall also keep written protocols for emergencies, including but not limited to primary and secondary emergen- cy contact information for each horse owner and insurance company infor- mation, if applicable. Such records shall be kept on the premises of the stable where the horses are kept and shall be available for inspection. The commissioner may, in his or her discretion, require a time clock, date stamp or time stamp where such commissioner believes it is appro- priate. m. A horse required to be licensed pursuant to this subchapter which is lame or suffers from a physical condition or illness making it unsuitable for work may be ordered to be removed from work by the commissioner or his or her designee or by an agent of the ASPCA or a veterinarian employed or retained by such commissioner or ASPCA to inspect licensed horses. A horse for which such an order has been issued shall not be returned to work until it has recovered from the condition which caused the issuance of the order or until such condition has improved sufficiently that its return to work will not aggravate the condition or otherwise endanger the health of the horse. In any proceed- ing, under this section it shall be presumed that a horse which is found at work within forty-eight hours after the issuance of an order of removal and which is disabled by the same condition which caused such order to be issued has been returned to work in violation of this section. Such presumption may be rebutted by offering a certificate of a veterinarian indicating suitability to return to work prior to the expi- ration of the forty-eight hour period. n. Every horse required to be licensed hereunder shall be examined by a veterinarian prior to its use in a rental horse business, at time of each license renewal, and thereafter at intervals of not less than four months and not greater than eight months. The examination shall include the general physical condition of the horse, its teeth, hoofs and shoes, its stamina and physical ability to perform the work or duties required of it, and whether it is current on vaccinations, including those for rabies, Eastern/Western equine encephalitis, West Nile virus, Rhinopneu- monitis virus, and tetanus, or any other vaccinations the Commissioner may require by rule. The examination shall also include a record of any injury, disease, or deficiency observed by the veterinarian at the time,S. 4382 4
together with any prescription or humane correction or disposition of the same. A signed health certificate by the examining veterinarian shall be maintained at the stable premises at which such horse is located and shall be displayed on the outside of the such horse's indi- vidual stall. An original of said certificate shall be mailed by the examining veterinarian to the department. o. 1. Carriage horses shall not be worked whenever the air temperature is 18 degrees fahrenheit or below. 2. Carriage horses shall not be worked whenever the air temperature is 90 degrees fahrenheit or above. 3. For purposes of this subdivision, temperatures shall be those meas- ured by a state-of-the-art thermometer, as determined by the commission- er, as measured by the commissioner or his or her designee at street level at one of the stands designated pursuant to section 19-174 of the code. 4. If the temperature exceeds the limits set by this subdivision during the course of a particular ride, at the ride's conclusion, but no later than one-half hour after the temperature exceeds these limits, the operator must immediately cease working, move the horse to an area of shelter, where available, rest the horse and then walk it directly to its stable. All horses so returned to their stable must be unbridled and unharnessed and remain at the stable for at least one hour, and there- after, until such time as the weather conditions shall once again reach acceptable limits. 5. No violation of this subdivision shall occur unless a written warn- ing of violation is first issued by the authorized enforcement personnel to the operator advising that the air temperature limits of this subdi- vision have been exceeded and directing that the operator cease working a carriage horse in accordance with the provisions of this subdivision. A violation of this subdivision may be issued if an operator fails to comply with the direction contained in the written warning of violation. Failure to comply with such direction shall not be construed as a sepa- rate violation. p. Every carriage horse required to be licensed hereunder shall be equipped with a manure catching device. Such devices shall be affixed or attached to the carriage and shall at no time be affixed or attached to the horse. q. Carriage horses shall not be younger than five years at the time placed into service in any rental horse business and licensed. No carriage horse older than 26 years of age shall be licensed to work in a rental horse business. Acceptable proof of age shall include a signed letter from a licensed veterinarian stating the horse's age, a certif- icate from an officially recognized national registry of horses stating the horse's age, or another industry approved method of certifying age. r. Owners shall insure that during the months of November through April every carriage is equipped with a heavy winter horse blanket large enough to cover the horse from crest of neck to top of rump. Such blan- kets shall be used to cover carriage horses in cold weather. Waterproof horse blankets of a lighter material shall be provided at all times to cover the horse from withers to tail during periods of wet weather when the air temperature is 55 degrees or below. S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law.