senate Bill S6628

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Enacts "Charlamagne's law" to make the failure to provide food, water or appropriate shelter to a companion animal left outside a felony

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Feb 19, 2014 referred to agriculture


S6628 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§353, 353-b & 356, add 353-f, Ag & Mkts L

S6628 - Summary

Enacts "Charlamagne's law" to make the failure to provide food, water or appropriate shelter to a companion animal (dogs and cats) left outside a felony punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000, or imprisonment for not more than 2 years, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

S6628 - Sponsor Memo

S6628 - Bill Text download pdf

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

    S. 6628                                                  A. 8820

                      S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y

                            February 19, 2014

IN  SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. BALL -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture

IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. TEDISCO -- read once and  referred
  to the Committee on Agriculture

AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to enacting
  "Charlamagne's  law"  relating  to  the  provision  of food, water and
  appropriate shelter for companion animals left outdoors


  Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
"Charlamagne's law".
  S 2. The opening paragraph of  section  353  of  the  agriculture  and
markets  law,  as amended by chapter 523 of the laws of 2005, is amended
to read as follows:
  A person who overdrives,  overloads,  tortures  or  cruelly  beats  or
unjustifiably  injures,  maims,  mutilates  or kills any animal, whether
wild or tame, and  whether  belonging  to  himself  or  to  another,  or
deprives  any animal, OTHER THAN A COMPANION ANIMAL, of necessary suste-
nance, food or drink, or neglects or refuses to furnish it  such  suste-
nance  or  drink,  or causes, procures or permits any animal to be over-
driven, overloaded, tortured, cruelly beaten, or unjustifiably  injured,
maimed, mutilated or killed, or, BEING ANY ANIMAL OTHER THAN A COMPANION
ANIMAL,  to be deprived of necessary food or drink, or who wilfully sets
on foot, instigates, engages in, or in  any  way  furthers  any  act  of
cruelty  to  any  animal, or any act tending to produce such cruelty, is
guilty of a class A misdemeanor and for purposes  of  paragraph  (b)  of
subdivision  one  of section 160.10 of the criminal procedure law, shall
be treated as a misdemeanor defined in the penal law.
  S 3.  Section 353-b of the agriculture and markets law,  as  added  by
chapter 594 of the laws of 2003, is amended to read as follows:
  S  353-b.  Appropriate  shelter  for  [dogs]  COMPANION  ANIMALS  left
outdoors. 1. For purposes of this section:
  (a) "Physical condition" shall include any special medical needs of  a
dog  due to disease, illness, injury, age or breed about which the owner
or person with custody or control of [the dog] A COMPANION ANIMAL should
reasonably be aware.


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