senate Bill S3537D

Vetoed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires the establishment and implementation of a training program for dog control officers

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Dec 18, 2013 tabled
vetoed memo.255
Dec 06, 2013 delivered to governor
Jun 20, 2013 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1251
substituted for s3537d
Jun 20, 2013 substituted by a1657e
Jun 17, 2013 amended on third reading 3537d
Jun 12, 2013 amended on third reading 3537c
Jun 11, 2013 ordered to third reading cal.1251
committee discharged and committed to rules
Jun 04, 2013 print number 3537b
amend and recommit to finance
May 07, 2013 print number 3537a
amend and recommit to finance
Apr 23, 2013 reported and committed to finance
Feb 05, 2013 referred to agriculture

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Jun 11, 2013 - Rules committee Vote

S3537B
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committee
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Aye
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Nay
2
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Apr 23, 2013 - Agriculture committee Vote

S3537
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committee
9
Aye
0
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
1
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Committee Vote: Apr 23, 2013

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absent (1)

Bill Amendments

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S3537 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1657E
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add §113-a, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S2409E, A10652
2009-2010: S5675B

S3537 - Bill Texts

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Requires the establishment and implementation of a training program for dog control officers.

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BILL NUMBER:S3537 REVISED 2/19/13

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in
relation to training, examination and certification of dog control
officers

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this legislation is to
develop a training, examination and certification program for dog
control officers, police officers and peace officers who deal with
animal control or animal abuse issues when a locality makes such a
requirement.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The agriculture and markets law is
amended by adding a new section 114-a. Training and certification of
dog control officers. The department, in consultation with the
department of education, shall develop a training, examination and
certification program for dog control officers, police officers and
peace officers who deal with animal control or animal abuse issues.
This training shall apply to any locality that enacts such a
requirement and 2. (a) Any person appointed as a dog control officer
shall, before appointment or within one year thereafter, complete a
training course approved by the department and shall take and pass an
examination given by the department. 3. Training program required by
this section shall include training regarding: (a) the role of the
investigator in cases involving animals or animal abuse; (b)
appropriate and humane handling of animals and general animal control;
(c) evaluation of animal cruelty and abuse, (d) evaluation of
facilities where animals are kept, (e) evidentiary issues including
collection of evidence; (f) laws and rules regarding search and
seizure; (g) community policing and interaction; (h) crisis and
intervention safety (i) strategies to ensure that abused animals are
permanently separated from their abusers; (j) identification of
resources to house animals while a criminal case is resolved; (k)
report writing and courtroom testimony; (1) disposal of the remains of
deceased animals; and (n) identification and notification of an
animal's owner. 4. The governing body of a political subdivision that
appoints a dog control officer who fails to obtain certification
within the required time shall terminate the appointment. 5. The
department shall (a) determine the format of the training and
certification exams, including an internet based format if the
department deems such to be appropriate.

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation was proposed following an incident of
aggravated animal cruelty involving an untrained part time animal
control officer working in Lackawanna, NY. The officer shot and killed
one cat and two kittens in the basement of an apartment complex after
being called to retrieve the animals. The highly publicized incident
brought to light the lack of qualifications and any training of many
appointed animal control officers throughout the state. These
untrained officers often do not make the proper animal control
decisions when confronted with a call. This bill establishes a
mandatory training requirement for all dog control officers and the
taking and passing of an examination of all dog control officers by
July 1st of 2013. Any person employed as a dog control officer shall
complete the training.


PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Passed Assembly in 2009. S. 2409E Passed
Senate in 2012

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect July 1, 2015, provided
that, effective immediately, the addition, amendment and / or repeal
of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act
on its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and
completed on or before such effective date.

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

                                  3537

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 5, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GRISANTI -- 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  train-
  ing, examination and certification of dog control officers

  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 114-a to read as follows:
  S  114-A.  TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION OF DOG CONTROL OFFICERS. 1.  THE
DEPARTMENT SHALL  DEVELOP  A  TRAINING,  EXAMINATION  AND  CERTIFICATION
PROGRAM FOR DOG CONTROL OFFICERS, POLICE OFFICERS AND PEACE OFFICERS WHO
DEAL WITH ANIMAL CONTROL OR ANIMAL ABUSE ISSUES.
  2.  (A)  EXCEPT  AS PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH (B) OF THIS SUBDIVISION, ANY
PERSON APPOINTED AS A DOG CONTROL OFFICER SHALL, WHERE REQUIRED  BY  THE
GOVERNING BODY OF ANY POLITICAL SUBDIVISION, COMPLETE A COURSE OF TRAIN-
ING  APPROVED  BY  THE DEPARTMENT AND SHALL TAKE AND PASS AN EXAMINATION
GIVEN BY THE DEPARTMENT. ANY PERSON CURRENTLY EMPLOYED AS A DOG  CONTROL
OFFICER  SHALL,  WHERE  REQUIRED  BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF ANY POLITICAL
SUBDIVISION, COMPLETE THE TRAINING AND TAKE AND PASS THE EXAMINATION  NO
LATER  THAN  DECEMBER  FIRST,  TWO  THOUSAND  FIFTEEN.  THE TRAINING AND
CERTIFICATION SHALL BE AVAILABLE TO, BUT NOT REQUIRED FOR  POLICE  OFFI-
CERS  OR  PEACE  OFFICERS  WHO  DEAL WITH ANIMAL CONTROL OR ANIMAL ABUSE
ISSUES.
  (B)  A  VETERINARIAN  LICENSED  PURSUANT  TO   ARTICLE   ONE   HUNDRED
THIRTY-FIVE  OF  THE  EDUCATION  LAW  SHALL  BE EXEMPT FROM THE TRAINING
REQUIRED BY SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION.
  3. THE TRAINING PROGRAM REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION SHALL INCLUDE  TRAIN-
ING REGARDING:
  (A) THE SCOPE OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DOG CONTROL OFFICER;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05206-01-3

S. 3537                             2

  (B) APPROPRIATE AND HUMANE HANDLING OF ANIMALS, INCLUDING TRANSPORTING
ANIMALS  SAFELY, GENERAL ANIMAL CONTROL AND PROPER METHODS FOR CAPTURING
ANIMALS;
  (C)  THE  LAWS  AND  RULES  REGARDING  DOG  LICENSING,  AND SEARCH AND
SEIZURE;
  (D) CRISIS INTERVENTION AND OFFICER SAFETY;
  (E) IDENTIFICATION OF RESOURCES TO HOUSE ANIMALS WHILE A CRIMINAL CASE
IS RESOLVED;
  (F) REPORT WRITING AND COURTROOM TESTIMONY;
  (G) DISPOSAL OF THE REMAINS OF DECEASED ANIMALS;
  (H) IDENTIFICATION AND NOTIFICATION OF AN ANIMAL'S OWNER; AND
  (I) OTHER RELEVANT PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER.
  4. GOVERNING BODIES OF POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS  THAT  REQUIRE  TRAINING
AND  CERTIFICATION  PURSUANT  TO  SUBDIVISION  TWO OF THIS SECTION SHALL
TERMINATE THE APPOINTMENT OF ANY DOG CONTROL OFFICER WHO FAILS TO OBTAIN
SUCH TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION WITHIN THE REQUIRED PERIOD OF TIME.
  5. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL: (A) DETERMINE THE FORMAT OF THE TRAINING  AND
CERTIFICATION  EXAMINATIONS,  INCLUDING  AN INTERNET-BASED FORMAT IF THE
DEPARTMENT DEEMS SUCH TO BE APPROPRIATE;
  (B) ESTABLISH THE SCHEDULE FOR OFFERING TRAINING AND EXAMINATIONS; AND
  (C) PROMULGATE RULES, REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS REGARDING THE APPLICA-
TION OF THE TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION TOWARD RECERTIFICATION OR CONTIN-
UING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015, provided that, effective
immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or  regu-
lation  necessary  for  the  implementation of this act on its effective
date are authorized to be made on or before such effective date.

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S3537A - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1657E
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add §113-a, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S2409E, A10652
2009-2010: S5675B

S3537A - Bill Texts

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Requires the establishment and implementation of a training program for dog control officers.

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BILL NUMBER:S3537A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in
relation to establishing and implementing training programs for dog
control officers

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

The purpose of this legislation is to develop a training program for
dog control officers.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new section
113-a. This section requires the department to establish and implement
a training program for dog control officers. Allows local governments
to elect not to participate in training program if the local
government has a training program for dog control officers that meets
the appropriate requirements and is approved by the department.
Training is required to include, scope of responsibilities for the
dco, appropriate and humane handling, laws regarding dog licensing and
seizure, proper disposal of the remains of an animal, identification
and notification requirements of dog owners, and other appropriate
subject matter. Requires the department in conjunction with
appropriate animal care organization to approve at least one training
program fox dco's. Language is included to offer intent for the
training to be made available over the internet, however if it is not
the training program must be made available across the State.Further
this section allows the commissioner to solicit funds both public and
private to help carry out the provisions of this section.

Justification:

This legislation was proposed following an incident of aggravated
animal cruelty involving an untrained part time animal control officer
working in Lackawanna, NY. The highly publicized incident brought to
light the lack of qualifications and any training of many appointed
animal control officers throughout the state. These untrained officers
often do not make the proper animal control decisions when confronted
with a call. This bill establishes a mandatory training requirement
for all dog control officers.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

Passed Assembly in 2009.
S. 2409E Passed Senate in 2012

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None to the state.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                 3537--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 5, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. GRISANTI, AVELLA, ESPAILLAT, GIPSON, HOYLMAN, SERRA-
  NO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed
  to  the  Committee  on  Agriculture  --  reported  favorably from said
  committee and committed to  the  Committee  on  Finance  --  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 estab-
  lishing and implementing training programs for dog control officers

  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 113-a to read as follows:
  S 113-A. TRAINING PROGRAM FOR DOG CONTROL OFFICERS. 1. THE  DEPARTMENT
SHALL  ESTABLISH  AND IMPLEMENT A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR DOG CONTROL OFFI-
CERS.
  2. (A) EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH (B) OR (C) OF THIS SUBDIVISION,
ANY PERSON APPOINTED BY A LOCAL GOVERNMENT  AS  A  DOG  CONTROL  OFFICER
SHALL  COMPLETE  A  COURSE  OF  TRAINING APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT. ANY
PERSON EMPLOYED ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION AS A  DOG  CONTROL
OFFICER  SHALL  COMPLETE  THE  FIRST SUCH TRAINING PROGRAM NO LATER THAN
JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN.  ANY  PERSON  APPOINTED  AFTER  THE
EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF THIS SECTION SHALL COMPLETE SUCH TRAINING BY JANUARY
FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN OR WITHIN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY  DAYS  OF  SUCH
APPOINTMENT  WHICHEVER  IS  LATER.  DOCUMENTATION  THAT  SUCH PERSON HAS
COMPLETED SUCH TRAINING SHALL BE MAINTAINED BY THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT  AND
BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE DEPARTMENT UPON REQUEST.
  (B)   A   VETERINARIAN   LICENSED  PURSUANT  TO  ARTICLE  ONE  HUNDRED
THIRTY-FIVE OF THE EDUCATION LAW  SHALL  BE  EXEMPT  FROM  THE  TRAINING
PROGRAM REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION.
  (C)  A  LOCAL  GOVERNMENT THAT EMPLOYS A DOG CONTROL OFFICER MAY ELECT
NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TRAINING PROGRAM REQUIRED BY THIS  SECTION  IF

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05206-04-3

S. 3537--A                          2

SUCH  LOCAL  GOVERNMENT  HAS A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR DOG CONTROL OFFICERS
THAT MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS SET  FORTH  IN  SUBDIVISION  THREE  OF  THIS
SECTION,  AND  IS  APPROVED  BY  THE DEPARTMENT. THE GOVERNING BODY OF A
LOCAL  GOVERNMENT  THAT  ELECTS  TO  CONDUCT ITS OWN DOG CONTROL OFFICER
PROGRAM MUST DO SO BY ADOPTING  A  RESOLUTION  DECLARING  THAT  IT  WILL
CONDUCT  ITS  OWN  TRAINING PROGRAM AND PROVIDING SUCH RESOLUTION TO THE
DEPARTMENT.
  3. THE TRAINING PROGRAM REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION SHALL INCLUDE  TRAIN-
ING REGARDING:
  (A) THE SCOPE OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DOG CONTROL OFFICER;
  (B) APPROPRIATE AND HUMANE HANDLING OF ANIMALS, INCLUDING TRANSPORTING
ANIMALS  SAFELY, GENERAL ANIMAL CONTROL AND PROPER METHODS FOR CAPTURING
ANIMALS;
  (C) THE LAWS AND RULES REGARDING DOG  LICENSING,  SEARCH  AND  SEIZURE
RELEVANT TO DOG CONTROL OFFICERS;
  (D) PROPER DISPOSAL OF THE REMAINS OF DECEASED ANIMALS;
  (E) IDENTIFICATION AND NOTIFICATION OF AN ANIMAL'S OWNER; AND
  (F)  OTHER  SUBJECT  MATTER RELEVANT TO DOG CONTROL OFFICERS AS DEEMED
NECESSARY OR APPROPRIATE BY THE COMMISSIONER.
  4. GOVERNING BODIES OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS SHALL TERMINATE THE  APPOINT-
MENT  OF  ANY  DOG  CONTROL  OFFICER  WHO FAILS TO COMPLETE THE TRAINING
PROGRAM REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION.
  5. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL, IN CONSULTATION WITH INDIVIDUALS  AND  ORGAN-
IZATIONS  INVOLVED  WITH  ANIMAL  CARE AND CONTROL THAT THE COMMISSIONER
DEEMS APPROPRIATE, IDENTIFY AND APPROVE AT LEAST  ONE  TRAINING  PROGRAM
FOR  DOG  CONTROL  OFFICERS TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF SUBDIVISIONS TWO
AND THREE OF THIS SECTION THAT IS BOTH  COST-EFFECTIVE  AND  ACCESSIBLE.
THE  DEPARTMENT SHALL MAKE INFORMATION ABOUT SUCH PROGRAM AVAILABLE UPON
ITS INTERNET WEBSITE. SUCH PROGRAM MAY BE PROVIDED IN AN  INTERNET-BASED
FORMAT. IF THE DEPARTMENT DOES NOT APPROVE AN INTERNET-BASED FORMAT, THE
DEPARTMENT  SHALL ENSURE THAT THE TRAINING PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE IN VARI-
OUS REGIONS OF THE STATE IN ORDER TO ENSURE REASONABLE ACCESSIBILITY FOR
DOG CONTROL OFFICERS.
  6. THE DEPARTMENT IS AUTHORIZED TO PROMULGATE RULES,  REGULATIONS  AND
STANDARDS  FOR  IMPLEMENTATION  OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM, INCLUDING RULES
FOR COMPLIANCE BY DOG CONTROL OFFICERS AND THE FREQUENCY WITH WHICH SUCH
OFFICERS SHALL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE TRAINING PROGRAM.
  7. THE COMMISSIONER MAY SOLICIT AND ACCEPT FUNDS FROM  ANY  PUBLIC  OR
PRIVATE SOURCE TO HELP CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
  S  2.  This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the addi-
tion, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or  regulation  necessary  for
the  implementation of this act on its effective date takes place within
eighteen months of the effective date.

Co-Sponsors

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S3537B - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1657E
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add §113-a, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S2409E, A10652
2009-2010: S5675B

S3537B - Bill Texts

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Requires the establishment and implementation of a training program for dog control officers.

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BILL NUMBER:S3537B

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in
relation to establishing and implementing training programs for dog
control officers

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this legislation is to
develop a training program for dog control officers.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The agriculture and markets law is
amended by adding a new section 113-a. This section requires the
department to establish and implement a training program for dog
control officers. Allows local governments to elect not to participate
in training program if the local government has a training program for
dog control officers that meets the appropriate requirements and is
approved by the department. Training is required to include, scope of
responsibilities for the dco, appropriate and humane handling, laws
regarding dog licensing and seizure, proper disposal of the remains of
an animal, identification and notification requirements of dog owners,
and other appropriate subject matter. Requires the department in
conjunction with appropriate animal care organization to approve at
least one model training program for dco's. Language is included to
offer intent for the training to be made available over the internet,
however if it is not the training program must be made available
across the State.Further this section allows the commissioner to
solicit funds both public and private to help carry out the provisions
of this section.

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation was proposed following an incident of
aggravated animal cruelty involving an untrained part time animal
control officer working in Lackawanna, NY. The highly publicized
incident brought to light the lack of qualifications and any training
of many appointed animal control officers throughout the state. These
untrained officers often do not make the proper animal control
decisions when confronted with a call. This bill establishes a
mandatory training requirement for all dog control officers.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Passed Assembly in 2009. S. 2409E Passed
Senate in 2012

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                 3537--B

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 5, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. GRISANTI, AVELLA, BOYLE, ESPAILLAT, GIPSON, HOYLMAN,
  SERRANO  --  read  twice  and  ordered printed, and when printed to be
  committed to the Committee on Agriculture -- reported  favorably  from
  said  committee and committed to the Committee on Finance -- committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee  --  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 estab-
  lishing and implementing training programs for dog control officers

  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 113-a to read as follows:
  S 113-A. TRAINING PROGRAM FOR DOG CONTROL OFFICERS. 1. THE  DEPARTMENT
SHALL  ESTABLISH  AND IMPLEMENT A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR DOG CONTROL OFFI-
CERS.
  2. (A) EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH (B) OR (C) OF THIS SUBDIVISION,
ANY PERSON APPOINTED BY A LOCAL GOVERNMENT  AS  A  DOG  CONTROL  OFFICER
SHALL  COMPLETE  A  COURSE  OF  TRAINING APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT. ANY
PERSON EMPLOYED ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION AS A  DOG  CONTROL
OFFICER  SHALL  COMPLETE  THE  FIRST SUCH TRAINING PROGRAM NO LATER THAN
JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN.  ANY  PERSON  APPOINTED  AFTER  THE
EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF THIS SECTION SHALL COMPLETE SUCH TRAINING BY JANUARY
FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN OR WITHIN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY  DAYS  OF  SUCH
APPOINTMENT  WHICHEVER  IS  LATER.  DOCUMENTATION  THAT  SUCH PERSON HAS
COMPLETED SUCH TRAINING SHALL BE MAINTAINED BY THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT  AND
BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE DEPARTMENT UPON REQUEST.
  (B)   A   VETERINARIAN   LICENSED  PURSUANT  TO  ARTICLE  ONE  HUNDRED
THIRTY-FIVE OF THE EDUCATION LAW  SHALL  BE  EXEMPT  FROM  THE  TRAINING
PROGRAM REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05206-08-3

S. 3537--B                          2

  (C)  A  LOCAL  GOVERNMENT THAT EMPLOYS A DOG CONTROL OFFICER MAY ELECT
NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TRAINING PROGRAM REQUIRED BY THIS  SECTION  IF
SUCH  LOCAL  GOVERNMENT  HAS A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR DOG CONTROL OFFICERS
THAT MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS SET  FORTH  IN  SUBDIVISION  THREE  OF  THIS
SECTION,  AND  IS  APPROVED  BY  THE DEPARTMENT. THE GOVERNING BODY OF A
LOCAL GOVERNMENT THAT ELECTS TO CONDUCT  ITS  OWN  DOG  CONTROL  OFFICER
PROGRAM  MUST  DO  SO  BY  ADOPTING  A RESOLUTION DECLARING THAT IT WILL
CONDUCT ITS OWN TRAINING PROGRAM AND PROVIDING SUCH  RESOLUTION  TO  THE
DEPARTMENT.
  3.  THE TRAINING PROGRAM REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION SHALL INCLUDE TRAIN-
ING REGARDING:
  (A) THE SCOPE OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DOG CONTROL OFFICER;
  (B) APPROPRIATE AND HUMANE HANDLING OF ANIMALS, INCLUDING TRANSPORTING
ANIMALS SAFELY, GENERAL ANIMAL CONTROL AND PROPER METHODS FOR  CAPTURING
ANIMALS;
  (C) THE LAWS AND RULES REGARDING DOG LICENSING;
  (D)  THE  LAWS  AND RULES REGARDING SEARCH AND SEIZURE RELEVANT TO DOG
CONTROL OFFICERS;
  (E) PROPER DISPOSAL OF THE REMAINS OF DECEASED ANIMALS;
  (F) IDENTIFICATION AND NOTIFICATION OF AN ANIMAL'S OWNER; AND
  (G) OTHER SUBJECT MATTER RELEVANT TO DOG CONTROL  OFFICERS  AS  DEEMED
NECESSARY OR APPROPRIATE BY THE COMMISSIONER.
  4.  GOVERNING BODIES OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS SHALL TERMINATE THE APPOINT-
MENT OF ANY DOG CONTROL OFFICER  WHO  FAILS  TO  COMPLETE  THE  TRAINING
PROGRAM REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION.
  5.  THE  DEPARTMENT SHALL, IN CONSULTATION WITH INDIVIDUALS AND ORGAN-
IZATIONS INVOLVED WITH ANIMAL CARE AND  CONTROL  THAT  THE  COMMISSIONER
DEEMS APPROPRIATE, IDENTIFY AND APPROVE A MODEL TRAINING PROGRAM FOR DOG
CONTROL  OFFICERS TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF SUBDIVISIONS TWO AND THREE
OF THIS SECTION THAT IS BOTH COST-EFFECTIVE AND ACCESSIBLE. THE  DEPART-
MENT SHALL MAKE INFORMATION ABOUT SUCH PROGRAM AVAILABLE UPON ITS INTER-
NET  WEBSITE.  SUCH PROGRAM MAY BE PROVIDED IN AN INTERNET-BASED FORMAT.
IF THE DEPARTMENT DOES NOT APPROVE AN INTERNET-BASED FORMAT, THE DEPART-
MENT SHALL ENSURE THAT THE TRAINING  PROGRAM  IS  AVAILABLE  IN  VARIOUS
REGIONS OF THE STATE IN ORDER TO ENSURE REASONABLE ACCESSIBILITY FOR DOG
CONTROL OFFICERS.
  6.  THE  DEPARTMENT IS AUTHORIZED TO PROMULGATE RULES, REGULATIONS AND
STANDARDS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM INCLUDING RULES FOR
APPROVAL AND  IMPLEMENTATION  OF  LOCAL  TRAINING  PROGRAMS,  RULES  FOR
COMPLIANCE  BY  DOG  CONTROL  OFFICERS AND THE FREQUENCY WITH WHICH SUCH
OFFICERS SHALL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE TRAINING PROGRAM.
  7. THE COMMISSIONER MAY SOLICIT AND ACCEPT FUNDS FROM  ANY  PUBLIC  OR
PRIVATE SOURCE TO HELP CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
  S  2.  This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the addi-
tion, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or  regulation  necessary  for
the  implementation of this act on its effective date takes place within
eighteen months of the effective date.

Co-Sponsors

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S3537C - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1657E
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add §113-a, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S2409E, A10652
2009-2010: S5675B

S3537C - Bill Texts

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Requires the establishment and implementation of a training program for dog control officers.

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BILL NUMBER:S3537C

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in
relation to establishing and implementing training programs for dog
control officers

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this legislation is to
develop a training program for dog control officers.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The agriculture and markets law is
amended by adding a new section 113-a. This section requires the
department to establish and implement a training program for dog
control officers. Allows local governments to elect not to participate
in training program if the local government has a training program for
dog control officers that meets the appropriate requirements and is
approved by the department. Training is required to include, scope of
responsibilities for the dco, appropriate and humane handling, laws
regarding dog licensing and seizure, proper disposal of the remains of
an animal, identification and notification requirements of dog owners,
and other appropriate subject matter. Requires the department in
conjunction with appropriate animal care organization to approve at
least one model training program for dco's. Language is included to
offer intent for the training to be made available over the internet,
however if it is not the training program must be made available
across the State.Further this section allows the commissioner and
local governments to solicit funds both public and private to help
carry out the provisions of this section.

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation was proposed following an incident of
aggravated animal cruelty involving an untrained part time animal
control officer working in Lackawanna, NY. The highly publicized
incident brought to light the lack of qualifications and any training
of many appointed animal control officers throughout the state. These
untrained officers often do not make the proper animal control
decisions when confronted with a call. This bill establishes a
mandatory training requirement for all dog control officers.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Passed Assembly in 2009. S. 24095 Passed
Senate in 2012

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall Lake effect immediately.

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

                                 3537--C
    Cal. No. 1251

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 5, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. GRISANTI, AVELLA, BOYLE, ESPAILLAT, GIPSON, HOYLMAN,
  SERRANO  --  read  twice  and  ordered printed, and when printed to be
  committed to the Committee on Agriculture -- reported  favorably  from
  said  committee and committed to the Committee on Finance -- committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted  as  amended  and recommitted to said committee -- committee
  discharged and said bill  committed  to  the  Committee  on  Rules  --
  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  estab-
  lishing and implementing training programs for dog control officers

  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 113-a to read as follows:
  S  113-A. TRAINING PROGRAM FOR DOG CONTROL OFFICERS. 1. THE DEPARTMENT
SHALL ESTABLISH AND IMPLEMENT A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR DOG  CONTROL  OFFI-
CERS.
  2.  (A) EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH (B), (C) OR (D) OF THIS SUBDI-
VISION, ANY PERSON APPOINTED BY A LOCAL  GOVERNMENT  AS  A  DOG  CONTROL
OFFICER  SHALL COMPLETE A COURSE OF TRAINING APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT.
ANY PERSON EMPLOYED ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE  OF  THIS  SECTION  AS  A  DOG
CONTROL  OFFICER SHALL COMPLETE THE FIRST SUCH TRAINING PROGRAM NO LATER
THAN JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN. ANY PERSON APPOINTED AFTER THE
EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION SHALL COMPLETE SUCH TRAINING  BY  JANUARY
FIRST,  TWO  THOUSAND  FIFTEEN OR WITHIN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS OF SUCH
APPOINTMENT, WHICHEVER IS LATER.  DOCUMENTATION  THAT  SUCH  PERSON  HAS
COMPLETED  SUCH TRAINING SHALL BE MAINTAINED BY THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND
BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE DEPARTMENT UPON REQUEST.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05206-10-3

S. 3537--C                          2

  (B) ANY LOCAL  GOVERNMENT,  INCORPORATED  HUMANE  SOCIETY  OR  SIMILAR
INCORPORATED  DOG PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION THAT PROVIDES DOG CONTROL OFFI-
CER SERVICES BY A CONTRACT WITH A LOCAL GOVERNMENT PURSUANT TO  SUBDIVI-
SION  TWO OF SECTION ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN OF THIS ARTICLE IS RESPONSIBLE
FOR  ENSURING  THAT THE DOG CONTROL TRAINING REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION IS
COMPLETED.
  (C)  A  VETERINARIAN  LICENSED  PURSUANT  TO   ARTICLE   ONE   HUNDRED
THIRTY-FIVE  OF  THE  EDUCATION  LAW  SHALL  BE EXEMPT FROM THE TRAINING
PROGRAM REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION.
  (D) A LOCAL GOVERNMENT THAT EMPLOYS A DOG CONTROL  OFFICER  MAY  ELECT
NOT  TO  PARTICIPATE IN THE TRAINING PROGRAM REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION IF
SUCH LOCAL GOVERNMENT HAS A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR  DOG  CONTROL  OFFICERS
THAT  MEETS  THE  REQUIREMENTS  SET  FORTH  IN SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS
SECTION, AND IS APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT.  THE  GOVERNING  BODY  OF  A
LOCAL  GOVERNMENT  THAT  ELECTS  TO  CONDUCT ITS OWN DOG CONTROL OFFICER
PROGRAM MUST DO SO BY ADOPTING  A  RESOLUTION  DECLARING  THAT  IT  WILL
CONDUCT  ITS  OWN  TRAINING PROGRAM AND PROVIDING SUCH RESOLUTION TO THE
DEPARTMENT.
  3. THE TRAINING PROGRAM REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION SHALL INCLUDE  TRAIN-
ING REGARDING:
  (A) THE SCOPE OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DOG CONTROL OFFICER;
  (B) APPROPRIATE AND HUMANE HANDLING OF ANIMALS, INCLUDING TRANSPORTING
ANIMALS  SAFELY, GENERAL ANIMAL CONTROL AND PROPER METHODS FOR CAPTURING
ANIMALS;
  (C) THE LAWS AND RULES REGARDING DOG LICENSING;
  (D) THE LAWS AND RULES REGARDING SEARCH AND SEIZURE  RELEVANT  TO  DOG
CONTROL OFFICERS;
  (E) PROPER DISPOSAL OF THE REMAINS OF DECEASED ANIMALS;
  (F) IDENTIFICATION AND NOTIFICATION OF AN ANIMAL'S OWNER; AND
  (G)  OTHER  SUBJECT  MATTER RELEVANT TO DOG CONTROL OFFICERS AS DEEMED
NECESSARY OR APPROPRIATE BY THE COMMISSIONER.
  4. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL, IN CONSULTATION WITH INDIVIDUALS  AND  ORGAN-
IZATIONS  INVOLVED  WITH  ANIMAL  CARE AND CONTROL THAT THE COMMISSIONER
DEEMS APPROPRIATE, IDENTIFY AND APPROVE A MODEL TRAINING PROGRAM FOR DOG
CONTROL OFFICERS TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF SUBDIVISIONS TWO AND  THREE
OF  THIS SECTION THAT IS BOTH COST-EFFECTIVE AND ACCESSIBLE. THE DEPART-
MENT SHALL MAKE INFORMATION ABOUT SUCH PROGRAM AVAILABLE UPON ITS INTER-
NET WEBSITE. SUCH PROGRAM MAY BE PROVIDED IN AN  INTERNET-BASED  FORMAT.
IF THE DEPARTMENT DOES NOT APPROVE AN INTERNET-BASED FORMAT, THE DEPART-
MENT  SHALL  ENSURE  THAT  THE  TRAINING PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE IN VARIOUS
REGIONS OF THE STATE IN ORDER TO ENSURE REASONABLE ACCESSIBILITY FOR DOG
CONTROL OFFICERS.
  5. THE DEPARTMENT IS AUTHORIZED TO PROMULGATE RULES,  REGULATIONS  AND
STANDARDS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM INCLUDING RULES FOR
APPROVAL  AND  IMPLEMENTATION  OF  LOCAL  TRAINING  PROGRAMS,  RULES FOR
COMPLIANCE BY DOG CONTROL OFFICERS AND THE  FREQUENCY  WITH  WHICH  SUCH
OFFICERS SHALL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE TRAINING PROGRAM.
  6.  THE COMMISSIONER OR ANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT THAT HAS ITS OWN TRAINING
PROGRAM MAY SOLICIT AND ACCEPT FUNDS FROM ANY PUBLIC OR  PRIVATE  SOURCE
TO HELP CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
  S  2.  This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the addi-
tion, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or  regulation  necessary  for
the  implementation of this act on its effective date takes place within
eighteen months of the effective date.

Co-Sponsors

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S3537D (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1657E
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add §113-a, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S2409E, A10652
2009-2010: S5675B

S3537D (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Requires the establishment and implementation of a training program for dog control officers.

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BILL NUMBER:S3537D

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in
relation to establishing and implementing training programs for dog
control officers

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this legislation is to
develop a training program for dog control officers.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The agriculture and markets law is
amended by adding a new section 113-a. This section requires the
department to establish and implement a training program for dog
control officers. Allows local governments to elect not to participate
in training program if the local government has a training program for
dog control officers that meets the appropriate requirements and is
approved by the department. Training is required to include, scope of
responsibilities for the dco, appropriate and humane handling, laws
regarding dog licensing and seizure, proper- disposal of the remains
of an animal, identification and notification requirements of dog
owners, and other appropriate subject matter. Requires the department
in conjunction with appropriate animal care organization to approve at
least one model training program for doors. Language is included to
offer intent for the training to be made available over the internet,
however if it is not the training program must be made available
across the State.Further this section allows the commissioner and
local governments to solicit funds both public and private to help
carry out the training provisions of this section.

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation was proposed following an incident of
aggravated animal cruelty involving an untrained part time animal
control officer working in Lackawanna, NY. The highly publicized
incident brought to light the lack of qualifications and any training
of many appointed animal control officers throughout the state. These
untrained officers often do not make the proper animal control
decisions when confronted with a call. This bill establishes a
mandatory training requirement for all dog control officers.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Passed Assembly in 2009. S. 2409E Passed
Senate in 2012

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                 3537--D
    Cal. No. 1251

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 5, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. GRISANTI, AVELLA, BOYLE, ESPAILLAT, GIPSON, HOYLMAN,
  SERRANO  --  read  twice  and  ordered printed, and when printed to be
  committed to the Committee on Agriculture -- reported  favorably  from
  said  committee and committed to the Committee on Finance -- committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted  as  amended  and recommitted to said committee -- committee
  discharged and said bill  committed  to  the  Committee  on  Rules  --
  ordered  to  a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining
  its place in the order of third reading -- again 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 estab-
  lishing and implementing training programs for dog control officers

  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 113-a to read as follows:
  S 113-A. TRAINING PROGRAM FOR DOG CONTROL OFFICERS. 1. THE  DEPARTMENT
SHALL  ESTABLISH  AND IMPLEMENT A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR DOG CONTROL OFFI-
CERS.
  2. (A) EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH (B), (C) OR (D) OF THIS  SUBDI-
VISION,  ANY  PERSON  APPOINTED  BY  A LOCAL GOVERNMENT AS A DOG CONTROL
OFFICER SHALL COMPLETE A COURSE OF TRAINING APPROVED BY THE  DEPARTMENT.
ANY  PERSON  EMPLOYED  ON  THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE OF THIS SECTION AS A DOG
CONTROL OFFICER SHALL COMPLETE THE FIRST SUCH TRAINING PROGRAM NO  LATER
THAN JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN. ANY PERSON APPOINTED AFTER THE
EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF THIS SECTION SHALL COMPLETE SUCH TRAINING BY JANUARY
FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN OR WITHIN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY  DAYS  OF  SUCH
APPOINTMENT,  WHICHEVER  IS  LATER.  DOCUMENTATION  THAT SUCH PERSON HAS
COMPLETED SUCH TRAINING SHALL BE MAINTAINED BY THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT  AND
BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE DEPARTMENT UPON REQUEST.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05206-12-3

S. 3537--D                          2

  (B)  ANY  LOCAL GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING A LOCAL GOVERNMENT THAT PROVIDES
DOG CONTROL OFFICER SERVICES BY A CONTRACT PURSUANT TO  SUBDIVISION  TWO
OF  SECTION  ONE  HUNDRED THIRTEEN OF THIS ARTICLE, AND ANY INCORPORATED
HUMANE SOCIETY OR SIMILAR INCORPORATED DOG PROTECTIVE  ASSOCIATION  THAT
PROVIDES DOG CONTROL OFFICER SERVICES BY A CONTRACT WITH A LOCAL GOVERN-
MENT  PURSUANT  TO  SUBDIVISION  TWO OF SECTION ONE HUNDRED  THIRTEEN OF
THIS ARTICLE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THAT THE DOG  CONTROL  TRAINING
REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION IS COMPLETED.
  (C)   A   VETERINARIAN   LICENSED  PURSUANT  TO  ARTICLE  ONE  HUNDRED
THIRTY-FIVE OF THE EDUCATION LAW  SHALL  BE  EXEMPT  FROM  THE  TRAINING
PROGRAM REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION.
  (D)  A  LOCAL  GOVERNMENT THAT EMPLOYS A DOG CONTROL OFFICER MAY ELECT
NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TRAINING PROGRAM REQUIRED BY THIS  SECTION  IF
SUCH  LOCAL  GOVERNMENT  HAS A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR DOG CONTROL OFFICERS
THAT MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS SET  FORTH  IN  SUBDIVISION  THREE  OF  THIS
SECTION,  AND  IS  APPROVED  BY  THE DEPARTMENT. THE GOVERNING BODY OF A
LOCAL GOVERNMENT THAT ELECTS TO CONDUCT  ITS  OWN  DOG  CONTROL  OFFICER
PROGRAM  MUST  DO  SO  BY  ADOPTING  A RESOLUTION DECLARING THAT IT WILL
CONDUCT ITS OWN TRAINING PROGRAM AND PROVIDING SUCH  RESOLUTION  TO  THE
DEPARTMENT.
  3.  THE TRAINING PROGRAM REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION SHALL INCLUDE TRAIN-
ING REGARDING:
  (A) THE SCOPE OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DOG CONTROL OFFICER;
  (B) APPROPRIATE AND HUMANE HANDLING OF ANIMALS, INCLUDING TRANSPORTING
ANIMALS SAFELY, GENERAL ANIMAL CONTROL AND PROPER METHODS FOR  CAPTURING
ANIMALS;
  (C) THE LAWS AND RULES REGARDING DOG LICENSING;
  (D)  THE  LAWS  AND RULES REGARDING SEARCH AND SEIZURE RELEVANT TO DOG
CONTROL OFFICERS;
  (E) PROPER DISPOSAL OF THE REMAINS OF DECEASED ANIMALS;
  (F) IDENTIFICATION AND NOTIFICATION OF AN ANIMAL'S OWNER; AND
  (G) OTHER SUBJECT MATTER RELEVANT TO DOG CONTROL  OFFICERS  AS  DEEMED
NECESSARY OR APPROPRIATE BY THE COMMISSIONER.
  4.  THE  DEPARTMENT SHALL, IN CONSULTATION WITH INDIVIDUALS AND ORGAN-
IZATIONS INVOLVED WITH ANIMAL CARE AND  CONTROL  THAT  THE  COMMISSIONER
DEEMS APPROPRIATE, IDENTIFY AND APPROVE A MODEL TRAINING PROGRAM FOR DOG
CONTROL  OFFICERS TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF SUBDIVISIONS TWO AND THREE
OF THIS SECTION THAT IS BOTH COST-EFFECTIVE AND ACCESSIBLE. THE  DEPART-
MENT SHALL MAKE INFORMATION ABOUT SUCH PROGRAM AVAILABLE UPON ITS INTER-
NET  WEBSITE.  SUCH PROGRAM MAY BE PROVIDED IN AN INTERNET-BASED FORMAT.
IF THE DEPARTMENT DOES NOT APPROVE AN INTERNET-BASED FORMAT, THE DEPART-
MENT SHALL ENSURE THAT THE TRAINING  PROGRAM  IS  AVAILABLE  IN  VARIOUS
REGIONS OF THE STATE IN ORDER TO ENSURE REASONABLE ACCESSIBILITY FOR DOG
CONTROL OFFICERS.
  5.  THE  DEPARTMENT IS AUTHORIZED TO PROMULGATE RULES, REGULATIONS AND
STANDARDS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM INCLUDING RULES FOR
APPROVAL AND  IMPLEMENTATION  OF  LOCAL  TRAINING  PROGRAMS,  RULES  FOR
COMPLIANCE  BY  DOG  CONTROL  OFFICERS AND THE FREQUENCY WITH WHICH SUCH
OFFICERS SHALL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE TRAINING PROGRAM.
  6. THE COMMISSIONER OR ANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT THAT HAS ITS OWN  TRAINING
PROGRAM  MAY  SOLICIT AND ACCEPT FUNDS FROM ANY PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SOURCE
TO HELP CARRY OUT THE TRAINING PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that  the  addi-
tion,  amendment  and/or  repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for
the implementation of this act on its effective date takes place  within
eighteen months of the effective date.

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