senate Bill S6218

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires the informed consent of the owner of a companion animal prior to euthanizing such animal

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to agriculture

S6218 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7589
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add §353-f, Ag & Mkts L

S6218 - Summary

Enacts "Sir Henry's law" to require the informed consent of the owner of a companion animal prior to euthanizing such animal.

S6218 - Sponsor Memo

S6218 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  6218

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 8, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SERRANO -- 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 informed
  consent of owners for euthanasia of a pet

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

  Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
"Sir Henry's law".
  S 2. The agriculture and markets  law  is  amended  by  adding  a  new
section 353-f to read as follows:
  S  353-F.  HUMANE  EUTHANASIA  OF  COMPANION  ANIMALS;  OWNER INFORMED
CONSENT. 1. PRIOR TO THE HUMANE EUTHANASIA OF A COMPANION  ANIMAL  WHICH
IS  NOT LOST, STRAYED, HOMELESS OR ABANDONED, THE VETERINARIAN, WHO WILL
PERFORM SUCH PROCEDURE UPON THE ANIMAL, SHALL EXPLAIN TO  THE  COMPANION
ANIMAL  OWNER, WHO GRANTS CONSENT TO HAVING THE COMPANION ANIMAL EUTHAN-
IZED, IN A TRUTHFUL AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND MANNER:
  (A) THE VARIOUS METHODS WHICH CAN BE UTILIZED  TO  HUMANELY  EUTHANIZE
THE COMPANION ANIMAL;
  (B) THE BENEFITS AND RISKS OF EACH SUCH METHOD;
  (C) THE NEGATIVE IMPACTS UPON THE ANIMAL OF EACH SUCH METHOD;
  (D)  THE ALTERNATIVE METHOD OF HUMANE EUTHANASIA TO BE UTILIZED IF THE
PREFERRED METHOD CANNOT BE HUMANELY UTILIZED, AND THE  NEGATIVE  IMPACTS
AND RISKS OF THE ALTERNATIVE METHOD; AND
  (E)  FULLY  ANSWER  ANY  QUESTIONS THE COMPANION ANIMAL OWNER HAS WITH
REGARD TO EUTHANIZING THE OWNER'S PET.
  2. NO COMPANION ANIMAL WHICH IS NOT LOST, STRAYED, HOMELESS  OR  ABAN-
DONED  SHALL BE EUTHANIZED BY MEANS OF INTRACARDIAC INJECTION UNLESS THE
ANIMAL IS HEAVILY SEDATED, ANESTHETIZED OR COMATOSE. HOWEVER, A LICENSED
VETERINARIAN MAY  PERFORM  EUTHANASIA  BY  INTRACARDIAC  INJECTION  UPON
ANIMALS THAT ARE NOT HEAVILY SEDATED, ANESTHETIZED OR COMATOSE ONLY WHEN
SUCH  LICENSED  VETERINARIAN DETERMINES THAT SUCH INTRACARDIAC INJECTION
IS THE MOST HUMANE OPTION AVAILABLE. WHENEVER  A  CARDIAC  INJECTION  IS
ADMINISTERED BY A LICENSED VETERINARIAN UPON AN ANIMAL THAT IS NOT HEAV-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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