senate Bill S2409E

Provides for the training, examination and certification of dog control officers

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 20 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • 28 / Mar / 2011
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO AGRICULTURE
  • 28 / Mar / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 2409A
  • 31 / May / 2011
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO AGRICULTURE
  • 31 / May / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 2409B
  • 06 / Jun / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 07 / Jun / 2011
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 07 / Jun / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 2409C
  • 13 / Jun / 2011
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1205
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • 05 / Jan / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO AGRICULTURE
  • 05 / Jan / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 2409D
  • 06 / Mar / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 01 / May / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.662
  • 02 / May / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 07 / May / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 15 / May / 2012
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 2409E
  • 21 / May / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 21 / May / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 21 / May / 2012
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE

Summary

Provides for the training, examination and certification of dog control officers.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10652
Versions:
S2409
S2409A
S2409B
S2409C
S2409D
S2409E
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Assembly Agriculture
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง114-a, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S5675B, S5675B

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BILL NUMBER:S2409E REVISED 05/21/12

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to
training, examination and certification of dog control officers

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of this legislation is to develop a training, examination
and certification program for dog control officers, police officers
and peace officers who deal with animal control or animal abuse issues
when a locality makes such a requirement.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new section
114-a. Training and certification of dog control officers. The
department shall develop a training, examination and certification
program for dog control officers. This training shall apply to any
locality that enacts such a requirement. After such enactment, any
person appointed as a dog control officer shall complete a training
course approved by the department and shall take and pass an
examination given by the department. The training program required by
this section shall include training regarding: the scope and
responsibilities of the dog control officer; appropriate and humane
handling of animals and general animal control; dog licensure and
search and seizure; crisis intervention and officer safety;
identification of resources to house animals while a criminal case is
resolved; report writing and courtroom testimony; disposal of the
remains of deceased animals; and identification and notification of an
animal's owner. The governing body of a political subdivision that
appoints a dog control officer who fails to obtain a required
certification within the required time shall terminate the
appointment. This program would also be available to, but not required
for, police officers and peace officers who deal with animal control
or animal abuse issues. The department shall determine the format of
the training and certification exams, including an internet based
format if the department deems such to be appropriate.

JUSTIFICATION:
This legislation was proposed following an incident of aggravated
animal cruelty involving an untrained part time animal control officer
working in Lackawanna, NY. The officer shot and killed one cat and two
kittens in the basement of an apartment complex after being called to
retrieve the animals. The highly publicized incident brought to light
the lack of qualifications and any training of many appointed animal
control officers throughout the state. These untrained officers often
do not make the proper animal control decisions when confronted with a
call. This bill establishes a training program for dog control
officers that localities may choose to adopt at no cost to them.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
Passed Assembly in 2009.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Minimal to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:


This act shall take effect July 1, 2014, provided that, effective
immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or
regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its
effective date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on
or before such effective date.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 2409--E
    Cal. No. 662

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 20, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to  said  committee  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to  said  committee  --  reported
  favorably  from  said  committee  and  committed  to  the Committee on
  Finance -- committee discharged, bill amended,  ordered  reprinted  as
  amended  and  recommitted  to  said  committee  --  recommitted to the
  Committee on Agriculture in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec.  8  --
  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
  recommitted to said committee -- reported favorably from said  commit-
  tee  and  committed  to the Committee on Finance -- reported favorably
  from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to  a
  third  reading,  amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in
  the order of third reading

AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation  to  train-
  ing, examination and certification of dog control officers

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a  new
section 114-a to read as follows:
  S  114-A.  TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION OF DOG CONTROL OFFICERS. 1.  THE
DEPARTMENT SHALL  DEVELOP  A  TRAINING,  EXAMINATION  AND  CERTIFICATION
PROGRAM FOR DOG CONTROL OFFICERS, POLICE OFFICERS AND PEACE OFFICERS WHO
DEAL WITH ANIMAL CONTROL OR ANIMAL ABUSE ISSUES.
  2.  (A)  EXCEPT  AS PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH (B) OF THIS SUBDIVISION, ANY
PERSON APPOINTED AS A DOG CONTROL OFFICER SHALL, WHERE REQUIRED  BY  THE
GOVERNING BODY OF ANY POLITICAL SUBDIVISION, COMPLETE A COURSE OF TRAIN-
ING  APPROVED  BY  THE DEPARTMENT AND SHALL TAKE AND PASS AN EXAMINATION
GIVEN BY THE DEPARTMENT. ANY PERSON CURRENTLY EMPLOYED AS A DOG  CONTROL
OFFICER  SHALL,  WHERE  REQUIRED  BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF ANY POLITICAL

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01150-08-2

S. 2409--E                          2

SUBDIVISION, COMPLETE THE TRAINING AND TAKE AND PASS THE EXAMINATION  NO
LATER  THAN  DECEMBER  FIRST,  TWO  THOUSAND  FOURTEEN. THE TRAINING AND
CERTIFICATION SHALL BE AVAILABLE TO, BUT NOT REQUIRED FOR  POLICE  OFFI-
CERS  OR  PEACE  OFFICERS  WHO  DEAL WITH ANIMAL CONTROL OR ANIMAL ABUSE
ISSUES.
  (B)  A  VETERINARIAN  LICENSED  PURSUANT  TO   ARTICLE   ONE   HUNDRED
THIRTY-FIVE  OF  THE  EDUCATION  LAW  SHALL  BE EXEMPT FROM THE TRAINING
REQUIRED BY SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION.
  3. THE TRAINING PROGRAM REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION SHALL INCLUDE  TRAIN-
ING REGARDING:
  (A) THE SCOPE OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DOG CONTROL OFFICER;
  (B) APPROPRIATE AND HUMANE HANDLING OF ANIMALS, INCLUDING TRANSPORTING
ANIMALS  SAFELY, GENERAL ANIMAL CONTROL AND PROPER METHODS FOR CAPTURING
ANIMALS;
  (C) THE LAWS  AND  RULES  REGARDING  DOG  LICENSING,  AND  SEARCH  AND
SEIZURE;
  (D) CRISIS INTERVENTION AND OFFICER SAFETY;
  (E) IDENTIFICATION OF RESOURCES TO HOUSE ANIMALS WHILE A CRIMINAL CASE
IS RESOLVED;
  (F) REPORT WRITING AND COURTROOM TESTIMONY;
  (G) DISPOSAL OF THE REMAINS OF DECEASED ANIMALS;
  (H) IDENTIFICATION AND NOTIFICATION OF AN ANIMAL'S OWNER; AND
  (I) OTHER RELEVANT PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER.
  4.  GOVERNING  BODIES  OF POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS THAT REQUIRE TRAINING
AND CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION  TWO  OF  THIS  SECTION  SHALL
TERMINATE THE APPOINTMENT OF ANY DOG CONTROL OFFICER WHO FAILS TO OBTAIN
SUCH TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION WITHIN THE REQUIRED PERIOD OF TIME.
  5.  THE DEPARTMENT SHALL: (A) DETERMINE THE FORMAT OF THE TRAINING AND
CERTIFICATION EXAMINATIONS, INCLUDING AN INTERNET-BASED  FORMAT  IF  THE
DEPARTMENT DEEMS SUCH TO BE APPROPRIATE;
  (B) ESTABLISH THE SCHEDULE FOR OFFERING TRAINING AND EXAMINATIONS; AND
  (C) PROMULGATE RULES, REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS REGARDING THE APPLICA-
TION OF THE TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION TOWARD RECERTIFICATION OR CONTIN-
UING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014, provided that, effective
immediately,  the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regu-
lation necessary for the implementation of this  act  on  its  effective
date are authorized to be made on or before such effective date.

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