senate Bill S2949

2015-2016 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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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 06, 2016 referred to agriculture
Jan 30, 2015 referred to agriculture


S2949 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Agriculture
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§353, 353-b & 356, add §353-f, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: S6628, A8820
2017-2018: S841, A8089
2019-2020: S387, A1157

S2949 (ACTIVE) - 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.

S2949 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S2949 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 30, 2015

Introduced  by  Sen.  BOYLE  -- 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 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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