senate Bill S2560A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Expands the definition of aggravated cruelty to animals to include harm to a companion animal during the commission of a felony

download bill text pdf

Sponsored By

Archive: Last Bill Status - Passed Senate


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

do you support this bill?

Actions

view actions (17)
Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
May 28, 2014 referred to agriculture
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Feb 27, 2014 advanced to third reading
Feb 26, 2014 2nd report cal.
Feb 11, 2014 1st report cal.163
Jan 08, 2014 referred to agriculture
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 17, 2013 referred to agriculture
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 04, 2013 amended on third reading 2560a
May 06, 2013 advanced to third reading
May 01, 2013 2nd report cal.
Apr 30, 2013 1st report cal.453
Jan 22, 2013 referred to agriculture

Votes

view votes

Feb 11, 2014 - Agriculture committee Vote

S2560A
9
1
committee
9
Aye
1
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
show Agriculture committee vote details

Agriculture Committee Vote: Feb 11, 2014

nay (1)
aye wr (1)

Apr 30, 2013 - Agriculture committee Vote

S2560
9
1
committee
9
Aye
1
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
show committee vote details

Committee Vote: Apr 30, 2013

nay (1)
aye wr (1)

Bill Amendments

Original
A (Active)
Original
A (Active)

Co-Sponsors

S2560 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4517A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §353-a, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S5083, A1632
2009-2010: A10541

S2560 - Bill Texts

view summary

Expands the definition of aggravated cruelty to animals to include harm to animals during the commission of a felony.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S2560

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to expanding the
definition of aggravated cruelty to animals to include harm to animals
during the commission of a felony

PURPOSE:
To enhance laws relating to animal cruelty by including harm caused
during the commission of a felony or flight there from.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Subdivision 1 of section 353-a of the agriculture
and markets law, is amended to criminalize the physical injury
or death of a companion animal that is caused during the course of
commission of a felony or the immediate flight there from.

JUSTIFICATION:
The recent case of drug traffickers cutting open the
bellies of puppies to transport liquid heroin into this country has
opened our eyes to the depths criminals will sink to accomplish their
criminal enterprises. Although the current definition of aggravated
cruelty to animals will most likely apply to the actions of these
depraved individuals, we cannot ignore the potential harm to other
innocent animals misused or even killed in the commission of
felonies. Furthermore, in their total disregard for the lives of
pets, arsonists and burglars often perpetrate horrendous acts of
cruelty to human victims by not only destroying or stealing property,
but also by harming their beloved animals that are either left to
perish in flames or harmed in their attempt to protect their masters
from intruders.

This bill enhances aggravated cruelty to animals statute by including
specific provisions related to criminal activity, thus allowing
society to hold criminals responsible for the full extent of the harm
they cause.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
5/3/11 Referred to Agriculture
5/1/12 Reported and Committed to Codes

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take immediately.

view full text
download pdf
                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2560

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 22, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  BALL  --  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  expand-
  ing the definition of aggravated cruelty to animals to include harm to
  animals during the commission of a felony

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 1 of  section  353-a  of  the  agriculture  and
markets  law, as added by chapter 118 of the laws of 1999, is amended to
read as follows:
  1. A person is guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals when[,]: EITHER
  (A) with no justifiable purpose, he  or  she  intentionally  kills  or
intentionally  causes serious physical injury to a companion animal with
aggravated cruelty[.]; OR
  (B) IN THE COURSE OF COMMISSION OF A FELONY, OR  OF  IMMEDIATE  FLIGHT
THEREFROM,  HE  OR  SHE  CAUSES  PHYSICAL INJURY OR DEATH TO A COMPANION
ANIMAL.
  For purposes of this section, "aggravated cruelty" shall mean  conduct
which:   (i) is intended to cause extreme physical pain; or (ii) is done
or carried out in an especially depraved or sadistic manner.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07301-01-3

Co-Sponsors

view additional co-sponsors

S2560A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4517A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §353-a, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S5083, A1632
2009-2010: A10541

S2560A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

view summary

Expands the definition of aggravated cruelty to animals to include harm to animals during the commission of a felony.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S2560A REVISED MEMO 05/28/2014

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in
relation to expanding the definition of aggravated cruelty to animals
to include harm to animals during the commission of a felony

PURPOSE:

To enhance laws relating to animal cruelty by including harm caused
during the commission of a felony or flight there from

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Subdivision 1 of section 353-a of the agriculture and markets law, is
amended to criminalize the physical injury or death of a companion
animal that is caused during the course of commission of a felony or
the immediate flight there from.

JUSTIFICATION:

The recent case of drug traffickers cutting open the bellies of
puppies to transport liquid heroin into this country has opened our
eyes to the depths criminals will sink to accomplish their criminal
enterprises.. Although the current definition of aggravated cruelty to
animals will most likely apply to the actions of these depraved
individuals, we cannot ignore the potential harm to other innocent
animals misused or even killed in the commission of felonies
Furthermore, in their total disregard for the lives of pets, arsonists
and burglars often perpetrate horrendous acts of cruelty to human
victims by not only destroying or stealing property, but also by
harming their beloved animals that are either left to perish in flames
or harmed in their attempt to protect their masters from intruders.

This bill enhances aggravated cruelty to animals statute by including
specific provisions related to criminal activity, thus allowing
society to hold criminals responsible for the full extent of the harm
they cause.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

05/03/11 - S.5083 Referred to Agriculture
01/11/11 - A.1632 Referred to Agriculture
05/01/12 - S.5083 Reported and Committed to Codes
05/08/12 - A.1632 Held for Consideration in Agriculture
06/17/13 - S.2560-A Passed Senate
02/05/13 - A.4517-A Referred to Agriculture

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.

view full text
download pdf
                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 2560--A
    Cal. No. 453

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 22, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. BALL, ADDABBO, RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Agricul-
  ture  --  reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and
  second report,  ordered  to  a  third  reading,  amended  and  ordered
  reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading

AN  ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to expand-
  ing the definition of aggravated cruelty to animals to include harm to
  animals during the commission of a felony

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision  1  of  section  353-a of the agriculture and
markets law, as added by chapter 118 of the laws of 1999, is amended  to
read as follows:
  1. A person is guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals when[,]: EITHER
  (A)  with  no  justifiable  purpose,  he or she intentionally kills or
intentionally causes serious physical injury , AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION
TWENTY-NINE OF SECTION ONE HUNDRED EIGHT OF THIS CHAPTER, to a companion
animal with aggravated cruelty[.]; OR
  (B) IN THE COURSE OF COMMISSION OF A FELONY, OR  OF  IMMEDIATE  FLIGHT
THEREFROM,  HE  OR SHE CAUSES PHYSICAL INJURY, AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION
TWENTY-EIGHT OF SECTION ONE HUNDRED EIGHT OF THIS CHAPTER, OR DEATH TO A
COMPANION ANIMAL.
  For purposes of this section, "aggravated cruelty" shall mean  conduct
which:   (i) is intended to cause extreme physical pain; or (ii) is done
or carried out in an especially depraved or sadistic manner.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07301-02-3

Comments

Open Legislation comments facilitate discussion of New York State legislation. All comments are subject to moderation. Comments deemed off-topic, commercial, campaign-related, self-promotional; or that contain profanity or hate speech; or that link to sites outside of the nysenate.gov domain are not permitted, and will not be published. Comment moderation is generally performed Monday through Friday.

By contributing or voting you agree to the Terms of Participation and verify you are over 13.