senate Bill S2560A

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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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to 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:
A4517A
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

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2560A REVISED MEMO 05/28/2014

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:

05/03/11 - S.5083 Referred to Agriculture
01/11/11 - A.1632 Referred to Agriculture
05/01/12 - S.5083 Reported and Committed to Codes
05/08/12 - A.1632 Held for Consideration in Agriculture
06/17/13 - S.2560-A Passed Senate
02/05/13 - A.4517-A Referred to Agriculture

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                 2560--A
    Cal. No. 453

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 22, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. BALL, ADDABBO, RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Agricul-
  ture  --  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 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 , AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION
TWENTY-NINE OF SECTION ONE HUNDRED EIGHT OF THIS CHAPTER, 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, AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION
TWENTY-EIGHT OF SECTION ONE HUNDRED EIGHT OF THIS CHAPTER, 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.
                                                           LBD07301-02-3

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