S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
S. 6418 A. 8563
S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y
January 22, 2014
IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered print-
ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture
IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. THIELE -- read once and referred
to the Committee on Agriculture
AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to the
penalties for the confinement of companion animals in vehicles at
times of extreme temperature
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Section 353-d of the agriculture and markets law, as added
by chapter 586 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows:
S 353-d. Confinement of companion animals in vehicles: extreme temper-
atures. 1. A person shall not confine a companion animal in a motor
vehicle in extreme heat or cold without proper ventilation or other
protection from such extreme temperatures where such confinement [plac-
es] MAY PLACE the companion animal in imminent danger of death or seri-
ous physical injury due to exposure to such extreme heat or cold.
2. Where the operator of such a vehicle cannot be promptly located, a
police officer, peace officer, or peace officer acting as an agent of a
duly incorporated humane society may take necessary steps to remove the
animal or animals from the vehicle.
3. Police officers, peace officers or peace officers acting as agents
of a duly incorporated humane society removing an animal or animals from
a vehicle pursuant to this section shall place a written notice on or in
the vehicle, bearing the name of the officer or agent, and the depart-
ment or agency and address where the animal or animals will be taken.
4. An animal or animals removed from a vehicle pursuant to this
section shall, after receipt of any necessary emergency veterinary
treatment, be delivered to the duly incorporated humane society or soci-
ety for the prevention of cruelty to animals, or designated agent there-
of, in the jurisdiction where the animal or animals were seized.
5. Any person who [knowingly] violates the provisions of subdivision
one of this section shall be guilty of a violation, punishable by a fine
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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of not less than TWO HUNDRED fifty dollars nor more than [one] FIVE
hundred dollars for a first offense, and a fine of not less than [one]
FIVE hundred dollars nor more than [two hundred and fifty] ONE THOUSAND
dollars for a second and subsequent offenses.
6. Officers shall not be held criminally or civilly liable for actions
taken reasonably and in good faith in carrying out the provisions of
7. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to affect any
other protections afforded to companion animals under any other
provisions of this article.
S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.