senate Bill S6418

Amended

Relates to the penalties for the confinement of companion animals in vehicles at times of extreme temperature

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 22 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • 06 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.504
  • 07 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 12 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 28 / May / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 6418A
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CODES

Summary

Relates to the penalties for the confinement of companion animals in vehicles at times of extreme temperature.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8563
Versions:
S6418
S6418A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Codes
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง353-d, Ag & Mkts L

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6418 REVISED MEMO 01/24/2014

TITLE OF BILL: 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

PURPOSE:

This legislation increases the penalties for confinement of a
companion animal in a vehicle during times of extreme hot or cold
temperatures.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 353-d of the Agriculture and Markets Law is amended to set a
more protective standard for companion animals relating to their
removal from a vehicle by a police officer, peace officer or peace
officer acting as an agent of a duly incorporated human society.
Further, this amendment provides that any person who violates the
provisions of this Section shall be guilty of a violation punishable
by an increased fine of $250-5500 for the first offense (raised from
$50-$100) and $500-$1,000 for a second and subsequent violations
(raised from $100-$250).

JUSTIFICATION:

Confinement of a companion animal in a vehicle during times of extreme
hot or cold temperatures can cause injury and death, even in a short
period of time. According to People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals (PETA), on a 78 degree day, the temperature inside a parked
car can soar between 100 and 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90
degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees
in less than 10 minutes. Animals can sustain brain damage or even die
from heat stroke in as little as 15 minutes. During times of cold
weather, vehicles trapping in the cold can potentially cause an animal
to freeze to death.

Section 353-d of the Agriculture and Markets Law prohibits persons
from confining a companion animal in a motor vehicle in extreme heat
or cold temperatures without proper ventilation or other protection
from such extreme temperatures where such confinement places the
companion animal in imminent danger of death or serious physical
injury. Any person who "knowingly' violates the provisions of this
Section of law shall be guilty of a violation punishable by a fine of
not less than $50 nor more than $100 for the first offense and a fine
of not less than $100 nor more than $250 for second and subsequent
offenses. Despite the current law and ongoing efforts to raise
awareness and educate the public on the dangers of such torturous
confinement, too many cases continue to be reported. It is necessary
to provide stronger deterrents to prevent further tragedies.

This legislation increases the penalties for any person who violates
the provisions of this Section of Law to $250-$500 for the first
offense and $500-$1,000 for second and subsequent offenses. It sets a
more protective standard for companion animals by permitting an
officer to remove companion animals from a vehicle in instances where


such confinement may place them in imminent danger of death or serious
physical injury.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New legislation.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None to the State

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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    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.
                                                           LBD11691-01-3

S. 6418                             2                            A. 8563

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
this section.
  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.

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