senate Bill S7684A

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

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8185B
Versions:
S7684
S7684A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง366, Ag & Mkts L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7684A

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

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To increase the penalty from $200 to $1,000 for the act of a companion
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 "Compan-
ion animal stealing" 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--A

                            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  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN  ACT  to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to penal-
  ties for stealing of companion animals

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

  Section  1. Section 366 of the agriculture and markets law, as amended
by chapter 176 of the laws of 1970, subdivision 1 as amended by  chapter
878  of the laws of 1984, and subdivision 2 as amended by chapter 220 of
the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows:
  S 366. [Dog] COMPANION ANIMAL stealing. It shall be unlawful  for  any
person:
  1.  To remove or cause to be removed the collar, identification tag or
any other identification by which the owner may be ascertained from  any
dog, cat or any other [domestic] COMPANION animal as defined in subdivi-
sion  [seven] FIVE of section [one hundred eight] THREE HUNDRED FIFTY of
this chapter, or to entice any identified dog, cat or other such [domes-
tic] COMPANION animal into or out of any  house  or  enclosure  for  the
purpose  of removing its collar, tag or any other identification, except
with the owner's permission;
  2. To entice, seize or molest any [dog] COMPANION ANIMAL, while it  is
being held or led by any person or while it is properly muzzled or wear-
ing  a  collar  with  an  identification tag attached, except where such
action is incidental to the enforcement of some law or regulation;
  3. To transport any  [dog]  COMPANION  ANIMAL,  not  lawfully  in  his
possession,  for  the purpose of killing or selling such [dog] COMPANION
ANIMAL.
  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.
                                                           LBD11758-06-4

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