Assembly Bill A261

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to companion animal hoarding

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Assembly Committee

  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2019-A261 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Agriculture
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add §353-g, amd §374, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A592
2011-2012: A191
2013-2014: A1466
2015-2016: A1265
2017-2018: A44
2021-2022: A1229

2019-A261 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Creates the crime of companion animal hoarding.

2019-A261 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
                              January 9, 2019
 Introduced  by M. of A. CAHILL -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. CUSICK,
   ENGLEBRIGHT, LUPARDO -- read once and referred  to  the  Committee  on
 AN  ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to compan-
   ion animal hoarding

   Section  1.  Legislative  intent.  Across  the  country,  there  is an
 increasing incidence of cases where large numbers of  companion  animals
 are  seized  from  individuals who lack the ability to provide them with
 the basics of life - clean place to live, adequate food  and  water  and
 necessary  veterinary care. The living conditions in many of these cases
 are not just marginal - frequently they fall well below accepted  stand-
 ards  for either companion animals or human beings. Severe overcrowding,
 excessive feces, dirt, garbage, dangerous levels of ammonia from  urine-
 saturated  surfaces,  animals that plainly suffer from parasite infesta-
 tion, upper respiratory infections, and other  ailments  and  owners  or
 custodians that neither fully recognize nor are capable of remedying the
   Sadly,  these  companion  animal  "hoarding" cases are also frequently
 accompanied by self neglect and neglect of other people  living  in  the
 household  -  particularly children and the elderly. When authorities do
 intervene, the cost - in terms of both animal suffering  and  government
 expenditure  -  is substantial. Animals removed from hoarding situations
 are often too debilitated, sick or injured to be helped. When  they  are
 able  to be rehabilitated, the cost of housing, food and veterinary care
 can be extremely high.
   States around the country are responding to companion animal  hoarding
 with legislation that gives law enforcement the tools it needs for early
 intervention  -  before the situation becomes a full-blown cruelty case.

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


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