senate Bill S3429A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires animal shelters to annually report on intake and disposition of animals

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Jan 24, 2014 print number 3429a
amend and recommit to agriculture
Jan 08, 2014 referred to agriculture
Feb 01, 2013 referred to agriculture

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S3429 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6768A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add §374-a, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S3162A
2009-2010: S7612A

S3429 - Bill Texts

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Requires animal shelters that receive state funding to annually report on intake and disposition of animals; such reports shall be available to the public.

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BILL NUMBER:S3429

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in
relation to requiring certain animal shelters to prepare annual reports
on the number of animal intakes and dispositions

PURPOSE: To promote better care of animals placed in shelters by
requiring greater transparency on the part of state funded animal shel-
ters with regard to both the intake and disposition of animals.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one amends the agriculture and markets law by adding a new
section 374-a which provides that any animal shelter that receives state
funding shall prepare an annual report by January first of each year.
Such annual report shall include the number of animal intakes, includ-
ing, but not limited to animals that were surrendered by owners; were
brought in by animal control, specifying from which jurisdiction; and
were brought in as strays by someone other than the animal's owner. The
report shall also include the number of animal dispositions, including,
but not limited to animals that were adopted; were released to owners,
or were transferred to other facilities, specifying the facility. The
report shall include the number of animals that have died, specifying
the reason for death, including deaths by euthanasia and the reasons for
such euthanasia deaths. Each shelter that maintains a website, shall
post a notice on its website stating that its report is available to be
viewed by the public, and shall maintain each annual report for three
years. Each animal shelter shall maintain at least one printed copy of
their annual report to be viewed by the public on site upon request.

Section two provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: As with most organizations that receive public funding,
animal shelters that receive state funding are accountable to the
public. The number of animals that are cared for by each shelter and
the source of the animals are of interest to the public. The disposition
of such animals is of equal interest, and an important indicator of the
quality of and commitment to the rescue and care of animals. By requir-
ing shelters that receive state funding to reveal certain specified
information in the form of an annual report, this legislation will
promote transparency and accountability, which in turn may lead to
improved animal care and more favorable dispositions. The financial
burden to the shelters is minimal when balanced against the potential
for great gains in the quality of shelter practices.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal cost to state funded animal shelters to
produce annual reports.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately; provided,
however that animal shelters subject to this act shall have completed
their first annual report no later than January 1, 2016.

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

                                  3429

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. KRUEGER, AVELLA -- 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  requir-
  ing certain animal shelters to prepare annual reports on the number of
  animal intakes and dispositions

  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 374-a to read as follows:
  S  374-A.  ANIMAL  SHELTER  ANNUAL REPORTS. 1. ANY ANIMAL SHELTER THAT
RECEIVES STATE FUNDING SHALL, BY JANUARY FIRST OF EACH YEAR, PREPARE  AN
ANNUAL REPORT DISCLOSING:
  (A)  THE  NUMBER  OF  ANIMAL  INTAKES,  INCLUDING,  BUT NOT LIMITED TO
ANIMALS THAT WERE:
  (I) SURRENDERED BY OWNERS;
  (II) BROUGHT IN BY ANIMAL CONTROL, SPECIFIED BY JURISDICTION; AND
  (III) STRAYS TAKEN IN BY SOMEONE OTHER THAN THE OWNER;
  (B) THE NUMBER OF ANIMAL DISPOSITIONS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT  LIMITED  TO
ANIMALS THAT:
  (I) WERE ADOPTED;
  (II) WERE RELEASED TO OWNERS;
  (III) WERE TRANSFERRED TO OTHER FACILITIES, SPECIFIED BY FACILITY; AND
  (IV) DIED, SPECIFYING THE REASON FOR DEATH, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED
TO  NATURAL  CAUSES  OR  EUTHANASIA,  AND SPECIFYING THE REASON FOR SUCH
EUTHANASIA.
  2. EACH ANIMAL SHELTER SHALL, PROVIDED SUCH ANIMAL SHELTER MAINTAINS A
WEBSITE, POST A NOTICE ON ITS WEBSITE THAT SUCH REPORT IS  AVAILABLE  TO
BE  VIEWED BY THE PUBLIC AND SHALL MAINTAIN EACH ANNUAL REPORT FOR THREE
YEARS.
  3. EACH ANIMAL SHELTER SHALL MAINTAIN AT LEAST  ONE  PRINTED  COPY  OF
SUCH ANNUAL REPORT TO BE VIEWED BY THE PUBLIC ON SITE UPON REQUEST.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect immediately; provided, however that
animal shelters subject to this act shall  have  completed  their  first
annual report no later than January 1, 2016.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00880-01-3

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S3429A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6768A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add §374-a, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S3162A
2009-2010: S7612A

S3429A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Requires animal shelters that receive state funding to annually report on intake and disposition of animals; such reports shall be available to the public.

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BILL NUMBER:S3429A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in
relation to requiring certain animal shelters to prepare annual reports
on the number of animal intakes and dispositions

PURPOSE: To promote better care of animals placed in shelters by requir-
ing greater transparency on the part of state funded animal shelters
with regard to both the intake and disposition of animals.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one amends the agriculture and markets law by adding a new
section 374-a which provides that any animal shelter that receives state
funding shall prepare an annual report by January first of each year.
Such annual report shall include the number of animal intakes, includ-
ing, but not limited to animals that were surrendered by owners; were
brought in by animal control, specifying from which jurisdiction; and
were brought in as strays by someone other than the animal's owner. The
report shall also include the number of animal dispositions, including,
but not limited to animals that were adopted; were released to owners,
or were transferred to other facilities, specifying the facility. The
report shall include the number of animals that have died, specifying
the reason for death, including deaths by euthanasia and the reasons for
such euthanasia deaths. Each shelter that maintains a website, shall
post a notice on its website stating that its report is available to be
viewed by the public, and shall maintain each annual report for three
years. Each animal shelter shall maintain at least one printed copy of
their annual report to be viewed by the Public on site upon request.

Section two provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: As with most organizations that receive public funding,
animal shelters that receive state funding are accountable to the
public. The number of animals that are cared for by each shelter and the
source of the animals are of interest to the public. The disposition of
such animals is of equal interest, and an important indicator of the
quality of and commitment to the rescue and care of animals. By requir-
ing shelters that receive state funding to reveal certain specified
information in the form of an annual report, this legislation will
promote transparency and accountability, which in turn may lead to
improved animal care and more favorable dispositions. The financial
burden to the shelters is minimal when balanced against the potential
for great gains in the quality of shelter practices.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal cast to state funded animal shelters to
produce annual reports.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately; provided, howev-
er that animal shelters subject to this act shall have completed their
first annual report no later than January 1, 2017.

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

                                 3429--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. KRUEGER, AVELLA, GRISANTI, HOYLMAN -- read twice and
  ordered  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on
  Agriculture -- recommitted to the Committee on Agriculture in  accord-
  ance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- 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 requir-
  ing certain animal shelters to prepare annual reports on the number of
  animal intakes and dispositions

  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 374-a to read as follows:
  S 374-A. ANIMAL SHELTER ANNUAL REPORTS. 1.  ANY  ANIMAL  SHELTER  THAT
RECEIVES  STATE FUNDING SHALL, BY JANUARY FIRST OF EACH YEAR, PREPARE AN
ANNUAL REPORT DISCLOSING:
  (A) THE NUMBER OF  ANIMAL  INTAKES,  INCLUDING,  BUT  NOT  LIMITED  TO
ANIMALS THAT WERE:
  (I) SURRENDERED BY OWNERS;
  (II) BROUGHT IN BY ANIMAL CONTROL, SPECIFIED BY JURISDICTION; AND
  (III) STRAYS TAKEN IN BY SOMEONE OTHER THAN THE OWNER;
  (B)  THE  NUMBER OF ANIMAL DISPOSITIONS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO
ANIMALS THAT:
  (I) WERE ADOPTED;
  (II) WERE RELEASED TO OWNERS;
  (III) WERE TRANSFERRED TO OTHER FACILITIES, SPECIFIED BY FACILITY; AND
  (IV) DIED, SPECIFYING THE REASON FOR DEATH, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED
TO NATURAL CAUSES OR EUTHANASIA, AND  SPECIFYING  THE  REASON  FOR  SUCH
EUTHANASIA.
  2. EACH ANIMAL SHELTER SHALL, PROVIDED SUCH ANIMAL SHELTER MAINTAINS A
WEBSITE,  POST  A NOTICE ON ITS WEBSITE THAT SUCH REPORT IS AVAILABLE TO

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00880-02-4

S. 3429--A                          2

BE VIEWED BY THE PUBLIC AND SHALL MAINTAIN EACH ANNUAL REPORT FOR  THREE
YEARS.
  3.  EACH  ANIMAL  SHELTER  SHALL MAINTAIN AT LEAST ONE PRINTED COPY OF
SUCH ANNUAL REPORT TO BE VIEWED BY THE PUBLIC ON SITE UPON REQUEST.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately;  provided,  however  that
animal  shelters  subject  to  this act shall have completed their first
annual report no later than January 1, 2017.

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