Bill S7496-2013

Relates to improvements in shelter care for dogs

Requires improvement in shelter care for dogs; requires the prompt inspection of each dog following seizure; provides that potable non-frozen water shall be made accessible to each dog.

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  • May 15, 2014: REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE

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BILL NUMBER:S7496

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to improving shelter care

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To improve the standard of care for animals in impounding organizations

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one amends subdivision 3 of section 117 of the agriculture and markets law to provide that each dog seized by an impounding organization shall be promptly inspected and provided with veterinary treatment, proper shelter, food and water.

Section two adds a new subdivision 1-b to section 373 of the agriculture and markets law to provide that the each lost, stray or homeless animal in an impounding organization shall be promptly inspected and provided with veterinary treatment, proper shelter, food and water.

Section three provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: This bill will improve the care of animals in shelters. For each animal seized, the impounding organization must examine the animal and provide care and treatment to relieve pain and suffering, including necessary emergency veterinary care and treatment, parasite control and appropriate vaccinations. The impounding organization must also provide proper shelter, food and potable water.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATION: None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7496 IN SENATE May 15, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. MARTINS -- 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 improv- ing shelter care THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 117 of the agriculture and markets law, as added by chapter 220 of the laws of 1978 and such section as renumbered by section 12 of part T of chapter 59 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: 3. [Each] FOR EACH dog seized in accordance with the provisions of this article [shall be properly sheltered, fed and watered for the redemption period as hereinafter provided], THE DOG CONTROL OFFICER OR PEACE OFFICER, ACTING PURSUANT TO THEIR SPECIAL DUTIES, OR POLICE OFFI- CER IN THE EMPLOY OF OR UNDER CONTRACT TO A MUNICIPALITY, OR ANY DULY INCORPORATED SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS, DULY INCORPORATED HUMANE SOCIETY, POUND OR SHELTER THAT IS OPERATED BY OR UNDER CONTRACT TO A MUNICIPALITY AND IS TAKING POSSESSION OF SUCH DOG, WHICHEVER HAS POSSESSION OF THE DOG SHALL: (A) PROMPTLY INSPECT EACH DOG FOLLOWING ANY SEIZURE AND PROMPTLY ENSURE DOGS ARE PROVIDED WITH CARE AND TREATMENT TO RELIEVE ANY PAIN AND SUFFERING, INCLUDING NECESSARY IMMEDIATE VETERINARY CARE AND TREATMENT AND PARASITE CONTROL, AND APPROPRIATE VACCINATIONS, AND (B) DURING THE TIME THE DOG IS IN THE POSSESSION, CARE OR CONTROL OF SUCH OFFICER, SOCIETY, POUND OR SHELTER, PROPERLY SHELTER AND FEED EACH DOG, AND MAKE ACCESSIBLE AT ALL TIMES POTABLE, NON-FROZEN WATER TO EACH DOG. S 2. Section 373 of the agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new subdivision 1-b to read as follows: 1-B. ANY OFFICER, AGENT OR SOCIETY AS DESCRIBED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION OR POUND OR SHELTER OPERATED BY OR UNDER CONTRACT TO A MUNICIPALITY THAT IS TAKING POSSESSION OF A LOST, STRAY OR HOMELESS ANIMAL UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION, WHICHEVER HAS POSSESSION OF THE ANIMAL DURING THE APPLICABLE PERIOD, SHALL:
(A) PROMPTLY INSPECT EACH SUCH ANIMAL AFTER TAKING POSSESSION AND PROMPTLY PROVIDE THE ANIMAL WITH CARE AND TREATMENT TO RELIEVE ANY PAIN AND SUFFERING, INCLUDING NECESSARY IMMEDIATE VETERINARY CARE AND TREAT- MENT AND PARASITE CONTROL, AND APPROPRIATE VACCINATIONS; AND (B) DURING THE TIME THE ANIMAL IS IN THE POSSESSION, CARE OR CONTROL OF SUCH OFFICER, SOCIETY, POUND OR SHELTER, PROPERLY SHELTER AND FEED EACH ANIMAL, AND MAKE ACCESSIBLE AT ALL TIMES POTABLE, NON-FROZEN WATER TO EACH ANIMAL. S 3. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.

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