senate Bill S6401

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to the creation of an animal cruelty and animal fighting database

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Jan 21, 2014 referred to finance

S6401 - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง837-s, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: S2987
2011-2012: S3971
2009-2010: S8433

S6401 - Summary

Relates to the creation of an animal cruelty and animal fighting database; researches purposes; makes such database available to all law enforcement entities, district attorneys, duly incorporated humane societies, societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals, dog or cat protective associations and animal control officers.

S6401 - Sponsor Memo

S6401 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  6401

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 21, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. O'BRIEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to  the  creation  of  an
  animal cruelty and animal fighting database

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

  Section 1. Legislative findings. Studies in psychology, sociology  and
criminology  have  demonstrated  that  violent offenders frequently have
childhood and adolescent histories of serious and repeated animal cruel-
ty. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has recognized  this  connection
since  the  1970s  when  its  analysis  of  the  lives of serial killers
suggested that most had killed or tortured animals  during  their  life.
Other  research  has  shown  consistent patterns of animal cruelty among
perpetrators of more common forms of violence,  including  child  abuse,
spouse  abuse, and elder abuse, leading the American Psychiatric Associ-
ation to consider animal cruelty as one of the  diagnostic  criteria  of
conduct disorder.
  S  2.  The  executive  law is amended by adding a new section 837-s to
read as follows:
  S 837-S. ANIMAL CRUELTY DATABASE. THE  DIVISION  SHALL  ESTABLISH  AND
MAINTAIN  A  CRIME  DATABASE  ON ALL CRIMES OF ANIMAL CRUELTY AND ANIMAL
FIGHTING COMMITTED IN THE STATE WHERE  DATA  OF  SUCH  CRIMES  SHALL  BE
COLLECTED  AND  DISPLAYED  IN  A MANNER THAT FACILITATES ANALYSIS.  SUCH
CRIME DATABASE SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO,  NAMES  OF  PERSONS
CONVICTED  OF ANIMAL CRUELTY AND ANIMAL FIGHTING AS SET FORTH IN ARTICLE
TWENTY-SIX OF THE AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS LAW AND THE SPECIFIC  ACTS  OF
ANIMAL CRUELTY OR ANIMAL FIGHTING THAT WERE THE BASIS OF THE CONVICTION.
FOR  THE  PURPOSES  OF  THIS  SECTION,  SUCH DATABASE SHALL ALSO INCLUDE
INFORMATION ON PERSONS WHO HAVE PLED  GUILTY  TO  A  CHARGE  OTHER  THAN
ANIMAL  CRUELTY OR ANIMAL FIGHTING IN SATISFACTION OF THE ANIMAL CRUELTY
OR ANIMAL FIGHTING CHARGE OR WHERE ANIMAL CRUELTY OR THE ANIMAL FIGHTING
CHARGE HAS NOT  RESULTED  IN  A  DISMISSAL  ON  THE  MERITS.  THE  CRIME
DATA-BASE  SHALL  BE IN PRINT AND IN ELECTRONIC FORM AND SHALL BE AVAIL-
ABLE TO ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT ENTITIES, DISTRICT ATTORNEYS, DULY  INCORPO-

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

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