senate Bill S2560

Amended

Expands the definition of aggravated cruelty to animals to include harm to a companion animal during the commission of a felony

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 22 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • 30 / Apr / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.453
  • 01 / May / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 06 / May / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 2560A
  • 17 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 17 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 17 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • 11 / Feb / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.163
  • 26 / Feb / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 27 / Feb / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 28 / May / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 28 / May / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 28 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE

Summary

Expands the definition of aggravated cruelty to animals to include harm to animals during the commission of a felony.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4517
Versions:
S2560
S2560A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Agriculture
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง353-a, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S5083, A1632
2009-2010: A10541, A10541
2007-2008: A5838, A5838

Votes

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aye with reservations
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absent
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excused
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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2560

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to expanding the
definition of aggravated cruelty to animals to include harm to animals
during the commission of a felony

PURPOSE:
To enhance laws relating to animal cruelty by including harm caused
during the commission of a felony or flight there from.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Subdivision 1 of section 353-a of the agriculture
and markets law, is amended to criminalize the physical injury
or death of a companion animal that is caused during the course of
commission of a felony or the immediate flight there from.

JUSTIFICATION:
The recent case of drug traffickers cutting open the
bellies of puppies to transport liquid heroin into this country has
opened our eyes to the depths criminals will sink to accomplish their
criminal enterprises. Although the current definition of aggravated
cruelty to animals will most likely apply to the actions of these
depraved individuals, we cannot ignore the potential harm to other
innocent animals misused or even killed in the commission of
felonies. Furthermore, in their total disregard for the lives of
pets, arsonists and burglars often perpetrate horrendous acts of
cruelty to human victims by not only destroying or stealing property,
but also by harming their beloved animals that are either left to
perish in flames or harmed in their attempt to protect their masters
from intruders.

This bill enhances aggravated cruelty to animals statute by including
specific provisions related to criminal activity, thus allowing
society to hold criminals responsible for the full extent of the harm
they cause.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
5/3/11 Referred to Agriculture
5/1/12 Reported and Committed to Codes

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take immediately.

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

                                  2560

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 22, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  BALL  --  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  expand-
  ing the definition of aggravated cruelty to animals to include harm to
  animals during the commission of a felony

  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[,]: EITHER
  (A) with no justifiable purpose, he  or  she  intentionally  kills  or
intentionally  causes serious physical injury to a companion animal with
aggravated cruelty[.]; OR
  (B) IN THE COURSE OF COMMISSION OF A FELONY, OR  OF  IMMEDIATE  FLIGHT
THEREFROM,  HE  OR  SHE  CAUSES  PHYSICAL INJURY OR DEATH TO A COMPANION
ANIMAL.
  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 immediately.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07301-01-3

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