Relates to removal of raccoons in New York city; requires the New York city department of health and mental hygiene to remove any raccoon upon receiving notice from a member of the public that such a raccoon has created a nuisance on outdoor public or private property and to effectuate humane release thereof.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the removal of raccoons
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The legislation will require the New York City Department of Health to respond to requests for removal of raccoons upon outdoor public or private property.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends the administrative code of the city of New York by adding a new section 17-198 that will require the Department of Health to ensure the prompt removal of any raccoon from any outdoor public or private property upon receiving a request for such removal from a member of the public.
Section 2 provides for this act to take effect immediately.
JUSTIFICATION: Raccoons have become an increasing menace to residents of the city of New York and their numbers continue to rise. These animals are very industrious when it comes to foraging For food and create a health hazard as a result of breaking into locked as well as unlocked commercial and residential garbage bins and spread waste over wide areas in their paths. in addition, many of these animals are aggressive and have posed dangers to citizens and domesticated animals. This includes the spread of disease since these animals are common carriers of rabies, canine distemper and the very dangerous raccoon roundworm (Baylisascaris progonis).
At present, the city provides no assistance to property owners who find raccoons on their properties, unless the animals are reported as rabid. 311, as well as the Animal Care and Control, merely suggest that homeowners call licensed wildlife removal services or licensed private trappers which cost upwards of $250 and much more to remove a raccoon from a particular property.
Given the clear health hazard and danger to public safety presented by these animals, the Department of Health should be required to provide assistance to property owners who ask to have such animals removed.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.5865A/A.8652A (Hevesi)
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 453 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cities AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the removal of raccoons THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 17-198 to read as follows: S 17-198 RACCOON REMOVAL. A. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL ENSURE THE PROMPT REMOVAL OF ANY RACCOON FROM ANY OUTDOOR PUBLIC OR PRIVATE PROPERTY UPON RECEIVING NOTICE FROM A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC THAT A RACCOON OR RACCOONS HAVE CREATED A NUISANCE AT SUCH PROPERTY. B. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL COORDINATE THE HUMANE RELEASE OF RACCOONS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION, PROVIDED THAT THE DEPARTMENT DEEMS THE RELEASE POSES NO THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH OR SAFETY, IN ACCORD- ANCE WITH THE RULES OF THE DEPARTMENT. C. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PROMULGATE SUCH RULES AS MAY BE NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03375-01-3