Exempts certain police work dogs, that may bite an individual in the course of their official duty, from confinement and observation periods.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to exempting police dogs from confinement and observation
PURPOSE: The bill would exempt police dogs who bite a person in the course of their official duty from the 10 day quarantine required under the public health law.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill would exempt police dogs that may bite an individual in the course of their official duty from confinement.
EXISTING LAW: Current law requires animals who may have exposed an individual to rabies must be confined for a 10-day observation period.
JUSTIFICATION: Police dogs, as part of their official duty, may have to subdue fleeing suspects and in this process may potentially bite an individual. Police dogs, who are a vital part of the police department, should not be detained for 10 days if the dog happens to bite an individual in the course of their official duty.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Needs to be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Effective immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6244 IN SENATE January 17, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to exempting police dogs from confinement and observation THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 7 of section 2140 of the public health law, as amended by chapter 510 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: 7. "Confinement and observation" refers to the conditions under which apparently healthy dogs, cats, domesticated ferrets, and domestic live- stock, which are not exhibiting symptoms of rabies, must be maintained to determine rabies status if such an animal has potentially exposed a person to rabies, and the owner wishes to avoid euthanizing and testing the animal. If the county health authority does not approve home confinement, the ten day confinement and observation period must take place, at owner's expense, at an appropriate facility such as an animal shelter, veterinarian's office, kennel or farm. The confinement must include (i) provisions to prevent escape of the animal during the confinement period and (ii) requirements that the owner notify the public health authority immediately if the animal becomes ill at anytime during confinement, and (iii) verification by the county health authori- ty or their designee at the end of the ten day period that the animal is healthy. POLICE WORK DOGS THAT MAY BITE AN INDIVIDUAL IN THE COURSE OF THEIR OFFICIAL DUTY, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO CONFINEMENT. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13854-02-2