senate Bill S7268A
(R, C, IP) 0 Senate District
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Relates to requirements for pet dealers for the care and sale of cats and dogs; requires the implementation of an appropriate plan for the exercise of animals in their possession.
TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the agriculture and markets law and the general business law,
in relation to the care and sale of dogs and cats by pet dealers
To improve the health and quality of life of animals by providing duly
licensed pet dealers with updated standards of care.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one amends subdivision 1 of section 401 of the agriculture and
markets law by adding a new paragraph (h) which provides that pet
dealers shall designate and provide an isolation area for animals
that exhibit symptoms of contagious disease or illness in order to
prevent or reduce the spread of disease to healthy animals.
Section two re-letters paragraphs (a), (b), (c), and (d) of
subdivision 5 of section 401 of the agriculture and markets law as
paragraphs (b), (c), (d), and (e) and adds a new paragraph (a).
Paragraph (a) provides that a duly licensed pet dealer shall designate
an attending veterinarian to care for the dealer's animals. Such care
shall include a written program of veterinary care and regular visits
to the dealer's premises by the veterinarian. The program of care
shall include the availability of appropriate facilities, personnel,
equipment, and services to comply with the provision of this article;
the use of methods determined to be appropriate by the attending
veterinarian to prevent, control, and respond to diseases and
injuries, and the availability of emergency, weekend, and holiday
care; daily observation of all animals to assess their health and
well-being, provided, however, that daily observation of animals may
be accomplished by someone other than the attending veterinarian who
has received the guidance identified in subdivision (iv) of this
paragraph, and provided, further, that a mechanism of direct and
frequent communication is required so that timely and accurate
information on problems of animal health, behavior, and wellbeing is
conveyed to the attending veterinarian; adequate guidance to
personnel involved in the care and use of animals regarding handling
and immobilization; and pre-procedural and post-procedural
care in accordance with established veterinary medical
and nursing procedures.
Section three amends paragraph (c) of subdivision 5 of section 401 of
the agriculture and markets law, as added by chapter 259 of the laws
of 2000 and as "re-lettered by section two of this act, by changing the
phrase "found to be afflicted" to the word "diagnosed."
Section four amends section 401 of the agriculture and markets law by
adding a new subdivision 7 which Provides that pet dealers shall
develop, maintain, document and implement an appropriate plan to
provide animals with the opportunity for daily exercise.
Consideration should be given to providing positive physical contact
with humans that encourages exercise through play or other similar
activities. Such plan shall be approved by the attending
veterinarian, and must be made available to the department upon
Section five amends section 753-a of the general business law, as
added by chapter 259 of the laws of 2000, by Changing the phrase
"found to be afflicted" to the word "diagnosed"; changing the phrase
"inoculated" to "vaccinated"; removing the phrase "eighteen months of
age or older"; and adding "or contagious disease."
Section six amends subdivision 1 of section 402 of the agriculture and
markets law, as added by chapter 259 of the laws of 2000, by adding
"if the person from whom the animal Was obtained is a dealer licensed
by the department, the person's name, address, and state dealer
Section seven provides the effective date.
Dogs and cats that are bred and sold by certain pet dealers receive
inadequate exercise, protection from the spread of disease and
veterinary care. This legislation provides updated standards of care
to be followed by duly licensed pet dealers in order to both improve
the health and well-being of animals and increase the likelihood that
consumers will receive healthy companion animals.
2010: A.8444, Referred to Agriculture
2009: A.8444, Referred to Agriculture
2008: A.9613, Held for consideration in Agriculture
This act shall take immediately.
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