Assembly Bill A1466

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to companion animal hoarding

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  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2013-A1466 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Agriculture
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add §353-f, amd §374, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A592
2011-2012: A191
2015-2016: A1265
2017-2018: A44
2019-2020: A261
2021-2022: A1229

2013-A1466 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Creates the crime of companion animal hoarding.

2013-A1466 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y


                             January 9, 2013

  Multi-Sponsored  by  --  M.  of  A.  BUTLER,  MARKEY  -- read once and
  referred to the Committee on Agriculture

AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to  compan-
  ion animal hoarding


  Section 1.  Legislative  intent.  Across  the  country,  there  is  an
increasing  incidence  of cases where large numbers of companion animals
are seized from individuals who lack the ability to  provide  them  with
the  basics  of  life - clean place to live, adequate food and water and
necessary veterinary care. The living conditions in many of these  cases
are  not just marginal - frequently they fall well below accepted stand-
ards for either companion animals or human beings. Severe  overcrowding,
excessive  feces, dirt, garbage, dangerous levels of ammonia from urine-
saturated surfaces, animals that plainly suffer from  parasite  infesta-
tion,  upper  respiratory  infections,  and other ailments and owners or
custodians that neither fully recognize nor are capable of remedying the
  Sadly, these companion animal "hoarding"  cases  are  also  frequently
accompanied  by  self  neglect and neglect of other people living in the
household - particularly children and the elderly. When  authorities  do
intervene,  the  cost - in terms of both animal suffering and government
expenditure - is substantial. Animals removed from  hoarding  situations
are  often  too debilitated, sick or injured to be helped. When they are
able to be rehabilitated, the cost of housing, food and veterinary  care
can be extremely high.
  States  around the country are responding to companion animal hoarding
with legislation that gives law enforcement the tools it needs for early
intervention - before the situation becomes a full-blown  cruelty  case.

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


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