Bill S7432-2013

Requires an veterinary examination of all cats prior to their sale to determine if the animal has any adverse medical conditions

Requires a veterinary examination of all cats prior to their sale to determine if the animal has any adverse medical conditions.

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Actions

  • Jun 19, 2014: returned to senate
  • Jun 19, 2014: passed assembly
  • Jun 19, 2014: ordered to third reading rules cal.556
  • Jun 19, 2014: substituted for a9256
  • Jun 18, 2014: referred to codes
  • Jun 18, 2014: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 18, 2014: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 18, 2014: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1542
  • Jun 18, 2014: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • May 14, 2014: REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Rules - Jun 18, 2014
Ayes (23): Skelos, Libous, Bonacic, Carlucci, Farley, Flanagan, Hannon, Larkin, LaValle, Marcellino, Maziarz, Nozzolio, Seward, Valesky, Little, Stewart-Cousins, Breslin, Dilan, Hassell-Thompson, Krueger, Montgomery, Parker, Perkins
Ayes W/R (1): Gianaris
Excused (1): Espaillat

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7432

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law and the general business law, in relation to veterinarian examination

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL: To require a veterinary examination of all cats prior to their sale to determine if the animal has any adverse medical conditions.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section one amends subdivision 5 of section 401 of the agriculture and markets law, as amended by chapter 110 of the laws of 2012.

Section two amends section 753-a of the general business law, as amended by chapter. 110 of the laws of 2010.

Section three sets forth the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: This bill will fix a longstanding and unintentional loophole in the pet dealer law relating to cats. Current law does not require cats to be examined by a veterinarian prior to sale; the law only covers dogs. This bill is designed to ensure that animals purchased in New York State do not suffer from serious, life-threatening medical conditions, the treatment of which can cost many thousands of dollars. The veterinarian examination guarantees that any medical condition, congenital or otherwise, is disclosed to the consumer and/or treated.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT: None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7432 IN SENATE May 14, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. VALESKY -- 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 general business law, in relation to veterinarian examination THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (c) of subdivision 5 of section 401 of the agri- culture and markets law, as amended by chapter 110 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows: (c) Within five business days of receipt, but prior to sale of any dog OR CAT, the pet dealer shall have a duly licensed veterinarian conduct an examination and tests appropriate to the age and breed to determine if the animal has any medical conditions apparent at the time of the examination that adversely affect the health of the animal. For animals eighteen months of age or older, such examination shall include a diag- nosis of any congenital conditions that adversely affect the health of the animal. Any animal diagnosed with a contagious disease shall be treated and caged separately from healthy animals. S 2. Subdivision 1 of section 753-a of the general business law, as amended by chapter 110 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows: 1. Within five business days of receipt, but prior to the sale of any dog OR CAT, the pet dealer shall have a duly licensed veterinarian conduct an examination and tests appropriate to the breed and age to determine if the animal has any medical conditions apparent at the time of the examination that adversely affect the health of the animal. For animals eighteen months of age or older, such examination shall include a diagnosis of any congenital conditions that adversely affect the health of the animal. Any animal diagnosed with a contagious disease shall be treated and caged separately from healthy animals in accordance with section four hundred one of the agriculture and markets law. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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