Prohibits persons who have been convicted of animal cruelty from working at an animal shelter; makes such violation a class A misdemeanor.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to limiting the right of a person who has violated certain animal cruelty statutes from working at an animal shelter
PURPOSE: To prohibit people who are convicted of animal cruelty from working in places that place them in direct control of animal care, such as animal shelters.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Sections 353-a and 353 of the agriculture and markets law are amended by adding a new subdivision that states that no person in violation of the section is allowed to be a dog or animal control officer, or work at an animal shelter, pound, humane society, animal protective association, or society for the prevention of cruelty to animals.
JUSTIFICATION: There have been numerous instances of animal abuse that occur in establishments created to protect and care for animals, Often, the accused are managers or employees of such establishments. Currently, there is nothing preventing them from remaining in these positions, or being hired in the future. For the same reason that sex offenders are not allowed to be hired as daycare workers, convicted animal abusers should not be in a position to oversee the care of animals.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect thirty days after it becomes a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 583 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GALLIVAN -- 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 limiting the right of a person who has violated certain animal cruelty statutes from working at an animal shelter THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 353-a of the agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new subdivision 4 to read as follows: 4. ON AND AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION, NO PERSON WHO IS CONVICTED OF A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE ALLOWED TO ACCEPT OR REMAIN IN A POSITION AS A DOG CONTROL OFFICER, ANIMAL CONTROL OFFI- CER, OR AS A PAID EMPLOYEE OR VOLUNTEER AT THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF ESTAB- LISHMENTS: AN ANIMAL SHELTER, POUND, DULY INCORPORATED HUMANE SOCIETY, DULY INCORPORATED ANIMAL PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION, OR DULY INCORPORATED SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. S 2. Section 353 of the agriculture and markets law, as amended by chapter 458 of the laws of 1985 and the opening paragraph as amended by chapter 523 of the laws of 2005, is amended to read as follows: S 353. Overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance. 1. A person who overdrives, overloads, tortures or cruelly beats or unjustifiably injures, maims, mutilates or kills any animal, whether wild or tame, and whether belonging to himself or to another, or deprives any animal of necessary sustenance, food or drink, or neglects or refuses to furnish it such sustenance or drink, or caus- es, procures or permits any animal to be overdriven, overloaded, tortured, cruelly beaten, or unjustifiably injured, maimed, mutilated or killed, or to be deprived of necessary food or drink, or who wilfully sets on foot, instigates, engages in, or in any way furthers any act of cruelty to any animal, or any act tending to produce such cruelty, isEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04880-01-3 S. 583 2
guilty of a class A misdemeanor and for purposes of paragraph (b) of subdivision one of section 160.10 of the criminal procedure law, shall be treated as a misdemeanor defined in the penal law. 2. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to prohibit or inter- fere with any properly conducted scientific tests, experiments or inves- tigations, involving the use of living animals, performed or conducted in laboratories or institutions, which are approved for these purposes by the state commissioner of health. The state commissioner of health shall prescribe the rules under which such approvals shall be granted, including therein standards regarding the care and treatment of any such animals. Such rules shall be published and copies thereof conspicuously posted in each such laboratory or institution. The state commissioner of health or his duly authorized representative shall have the power to inspect such laboratories or institutions to insure compliance with such rules and standards. Each such approval may be revoked at any time for failure to comply with such rules and in any case the approval shall be limited to a period not exceeding one year. 3. ON AND AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION, NO PERSON WHO IS CONVICTED OF A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE ALLOWED TO ACCEPT OR REMAIN IN A POSITION AS A DOG CONTROL OFFICER, ANIMAL CONTROL OFFI- CER, OR AS A PAID EMPLOYEE OR VOLUNTEER AT THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF ESTAB- LISHMENTS: AN ANIMAL SHELTER, POUND, DULY INCORPORATED HUMANE SOCIETY, DULY INCORPORATED ANIMAL PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION, OR DULY INCORPORATED SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. S 3. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.