senate Bill S5017

Provides a person is guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals when he or she intentionally kills or causes serious physical injury to an animal

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  • 02 / May / 2011
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE

Summary

Provides that a person is guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals when such person intentionally kills or causes serious physical injury to an animal with aggravated cruelty; removes qualification that animal need be a companion animal.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2421
Versions:
S5017
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Agriculture
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง353-a, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S6284, A6047

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5017

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to aggravated
cruelty to animals

PURPOSE:
This legislation provides that a person is guilty of aggravated
cruelty to animals when he or she intentionally kills or causes
serious physical injury to an animal with aggravated cruelty.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Amends Section 353-a of the agriculture and markets law by removing
the word companion from the section.

JUSTIFICATION:
Currently New York State Law only allows for felony charges to be
brought against individuals who commit aggravated cruelty to
companion animals, such as dogs and cats, all other animals are
exempt from this felony provision. Extremely depraved conduct to
other types of animals has occurred across the state, however because
the existing law only applies to companion animals, the individuals
committing these crimes can only be charged with a misdemeanor. This
act would help to stop the increased violence and maltreatment of
animals by expanding the aggravated cruelty statute to include all
animals.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009/10: A.6047/S.6284

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect the 90th day after it shall have become law.

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

                                  5017

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 2, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  DeFRANCISCO -- 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  aggra-
  vated cruelty to animals

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 1 of  section  353-a  of  the  agriculture  and
markets  law, as added by chapter 118 of the laws of 1999, is amended to
read as follows:
  1. A person is guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals when,  with  no
justifiable  purpose,  he  or  she  intentionally kills or intentionally
causes serious physical injury to [a companion] AN  animal  with  aggra-
vated cruelty.  For purposes of this section, "aggravated cruelty" shall
mean  conduct which:  (i) is intended to cause extreme physical pain; or
(ii) is done or carried  out  in  an  especially  depraved  or  sadistic
manner.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01970-01-1

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