senate Bill S7684

Amended

Relates to penalties for stealing of companion animals

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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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  • 29 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO AGRICULTURE
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 7684A
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1500
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A8185B

Summary

Increases penalties for stealing of companion animals to one thousand dollars.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S7684
S7684A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง366, Ag & Mkts L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7684

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in
relation to penalties for dog stealing

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To increase the penalty from $200 to $1,000 for the act of the
stealing a domesticated animal as defined by the agriculture and
markets law

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

This legislation amends section 366 of the agriculture and markets law
increasing the monetary fine to no more than $1,000 for violation of
this section.

The legislation also renames the section from "Dog Stealing" to
"Stealing of Domesticated Animals" to more accurately describe the
existing section of law.

JUSTIFICATION:

According to the American Kennel Club, there has been a 27.0% increase
in the amount of dog thefts from January 2013 to May 2013. Often these
dogs are stolen from families and sold for a profit. Current law does
not have a significant penalty for this act. This legislation will
raise the penalty to $1,000 dollars for stealing a domesticated
animal. This penalty has not been increased since 1970, when the
penalty was modestly raised from $100 dollars to $200 and from three
months to six months of possible prison time.

The theft of a family pet can be devastating as they are often thought
of as an additional member of the family. Given that many breeds of
dogs and cats can sell for well more than the current fine, it is
important to have a high penalty to deter criminals from finding any
value in this act. This legislation provides a more serious penalty to
a serious crime that is increasing in frequency.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7684

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 29, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GRISANTI -- 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  penal-
  ties for dog stealing

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The section heading and the closing  paragraph  of  section
366 of the agriculture and markets law, as amended by chapter 176 of the
laws of 1970, are amended to read as follows:
  [Dog stealing] STEALING OF DOMESTICATED ANIMALS.
  Any  person  violating  any  of  the  provisions of this section, upon
conviction thereof, shall be punished  by  a  fine  not  exceeding  [two
hundred]  ONE  THOUSAND  dollars,  or  by imprisonment not to exceed six
months, or by both.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.







 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11758-04-4

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