Makes violations of law relating to the care of animals by pet dealers a misdemeanor.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to making violations of provisions of law relating to the care of animals by pet dealers a misdemeanor
PURPOSE: This bill will increase the penalty for failure to comply the provisions of the Agriculture and Markets Law related to "pet dealers" as defined in that section. Currently a civil penalty, the bill would make such failure to comply a misdemeanor.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 Amends subdivision 2 of Section 406 of the of the agriculture and markets law, as amended by Chapter 251 of the laws of 2013, making the violation of the provisions of Ag & Markets law Article 26-A a misdemeanor.
Section 2 Makes the act effective 30 days after it becomes law.
JUSTIFICATION: The current law lacks sufficient penalty for the failure to provide adequate shelter for violation by Pet Dealers. The current penalty is a civil fine, ranging between $100 and $1000. This bill would increase that to a criminal misdemeanor, providing dogs and cats the protection they need, and law enforcement officials the tools they need to ensure that pet dealers are operating in a proper and legal fashion.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2014: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect 30 days after it becomes law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6436 IN SENATE January 23, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. TKACZYK -- 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 making violations of provisions of law relating to the care of animals by pet dealers a misdemeanor THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 406 of the agriculture and markets law, as amended by chapter 251 of the laws of 2013, is amended to read as follows: 2. Violation of any provision of this article
[,]is a [civil offense, for which a penalty of not less than one hundred dollars and not more than one thousand dollars for each violation may be imposed]MISDEMEANOR. S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13676-01-4