assembly Bill A3591

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Prohibits the docking of dog tails for reasons other than to protect the life or health of the dog as deemed necessary by a duly licensed veterinarian

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to agriculture
Jan 26, 2011 referred to agriculture

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A3591 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Agriculture
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง365-a, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A7218
2013-2014: A3428
2015-2016: A3374

A3591 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits the docking of dog tails for reasons other than to protect the life or health of the dog as deemed necessary by a duly licensed veterinarian; does not apply to dogs that have been certified as tail docked prior to August 1, 2011.

A3591 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  3591

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 26, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  GLICK,  COLTON, DINOWITZ, PAULIN, ROSENTHAL,
  CASTRO -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of  A.  BOYLAND,  GOTTFRIED,  McDO-
  NOUGH,  McENENY -- read once and referred to the Committee on Agricul-
  ture

AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation  to  making
  tail docking of dogs unlawful

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

  Section 1.  The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new
section 365-a to read as follows:
  S 365-A. DOCKING DOG TAILS; UNLAWFUL. 1. ANY PERSON WHO CUTS THE BONE,
TISSUES, MUSCLES OR TENDONS OF THE TAIL OF ANY DOG, OR  OTHERWISE  OPER-
ATES UPON IT IN ANY MANNER FOR THE PURPOSE OR WITH THE EFFECT OF DOCKING
OR  OTHERWISE  ALTERING  THE  NATURAL CARRIAGE OR LENGTH OF THE TAIL, OR
ASSISTS, PROCURES, PROMOTES OR ENCOURAGES SUCH CUTTING OR OPERATION  FOR
REASONS  OTHER  THAN  TO PROTECT THE LIFE OR HEALTH OF THE DOG AS DEEMED
NECESSARY BY A DULY LICENSED VETERINARIAN, IS GUILTY  OF  A  MISDEMEANOR
PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF NOT MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS.
  2.  ANY PERSON WHO SHOWS OR EXHIBITS A DOG, THE TAIL OF WHICH HAS BEEN
CUT, ALTERED OR OPERATED UPON IN THE MANNER REFERRED TO  IN  SUBDIVISION
ONE  OF THIS SECTION, AT A SHOW OR OTHER EXHIBITION IN THIS STATE OR WHO
ENCOURAGES, PROCURES OR SPONSORS SUCH AN  EXHIBITION,  IS  GUILTY  OF  A
MISDEMEANOR PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF NOT MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS.
  3.   ANY DOG OWNER WHO IS INJURED OR DAMAGED IN ANY WAY BY A VIOLATION
OF THE FOREGOING PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION,  OR  ANY  NEW  YORK  ANIMAL
RIGHTS  ORGANIZATION, MAY INSTITUTE AND MAINTAIN IN THE SUPREME COURT OF
THIS STATE A PRIVATE RIGHT OF  ACTION,  INCLUDING  A  PROCEEDING  FOR  A
DECLARATORY JUDGMENT, TO OBTAIN REDRESS FOR SUCH INJURY OR VIOLATION.
  4. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY DOG OR PERSON
WHO  IS  THE OWNER OR POSSESSOR OF ANY DOG WHOSE TAIL HAS BEEN CERTIFIED

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05768-01-1