Increases penalties for stealing of companion animals to one thousand dollars.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to penalties for dog stealing
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To increase the penalty from $200 to $1,000 for the act of the stealing a domesticated animal as defined by the agriculture and markets law
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This legislation amends section 366 of the agriculture and markets law increasing the monetary fine to no more than $1,000 for violation of this section.
The legislation also renames the section from "Dog Stealing" to "Stealing of Domesticated Animals" to more accurately describe the existing section of law.
According to the American Kennel Club, there has been a 27.0% increase in the amount of dog thefts from January 2013 to May 2013. Often these dogs are stolen from families and sold for a profit. Current law does not have a significant penalty for this act. This legislation will raise the penalty to $1,000 dollars for stealing a domesticated animal. This penalty has not been increased since 1970, when the penalty was modestly raised from $100 dollars to $200 and from three months to six months of possible prison time.
The theft of a family pet can be devastating as they are often thought of as an additional member of the family. Given that many breeds of dogs and cats can sell for well more than the current fine, it is important to have a high penalty to deter criminals from finding any value in this act. This legislation provides a more serious penalty to a serious crime that is increasing in frequency.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7684 IN SENATE May 29, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. GRISANTI -- 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 penal- ties for dog stealing THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The section heading and the closing paragraph of section 366 of the agriculture and markets law, as amended by chapter 176 of the laws of 1970, are amended to read as follows:
[Dog stealing]STEALING OF DOMESTICATED ANIMALS. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding [two hundred]ONE THOUSAND dollars, or by imprisonment not to exceed six months, or by both. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11758-04-4