assembly Bill A658

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Prohibits persons who have been convicted of animal cruelty from working at an animal shelter

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Jan 08, 2020 referred to agriculture
Jan 09, 2019 referred to agriculture

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A658 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S1899
Current Committee:
Assembly Agriculture
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§353-a, 353, 351 & 355, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A7205, S583
2015-2016: A3535, S79
2017-2018: A3903, S2937
2021-2022: A4991, S2636

A658 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits persons who have been convicted of animal cruelty from working at an animal shelter; makes such violation a class A misdemeanor.

A658 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                   658

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  PAULIN,  GUNTHER,  GALEF, MOSLEY, ZEBROWSKI,
  L. ROSENTHAL, OTIS, HEVESI -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of  A.  COLTON,
  COOK, THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Agriculture

AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to limiting
  the right of a person who has violated certain animal cruelty statutes
  from working at an animal shelter

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

  Section 1. Section 353-a of the agriculture and markets law is amended
by adding a new subdivision 4 to read as follows:
  4. NO PERSON WHO IS CONVICTED OF A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION SHALL  BE
ALLOWED  TO  ACCEPT  OR  REMAIN  IN A POSITION AS A DOG CONTROL OFFICER,
ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER, OR AS  A  PAID  EMPLOYEE  OR  VOLUNTEER  AT  THE
FOLLOWING TYPES OF ESTABLISHMENTS: AN ANIMAL SHELTER, POUND, DULY INCOR-
PORATED HUMANE SOCIETY, DULY INCORPORATED ANIMAL PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION,
OR  DULY  INCORPORATED SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS,
ON AND AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION.   FOR THE  PURPOSES
OF  THIS  SUBDIVISION,  THE  TERM  "VOLUNTEER"  SHALL NOT INCLUDE ANYONE
REQUIRED BY COURT ORDER TO FULFILL A COMMUNITY  SERVICE  REQUIREMENT  IN
SERVICE  AT ANY ANIMAL SHELTER, POUND, DULY INCORPORATED HUMANE SOCIETY,
DULY INCORPORATED ANIMAL PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION,  OR  DULY  INCORPORATED
SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.  ANY DOG CONTROL OFFI-
CER,  ANIMAL  CONTROL  OFFICER  OR  PAID  EMPLOYEE OR VOLUNTEER FOUND IN
VIOLATION OF THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE GUILTY OF A CLASS A MISDEMEANOR.
  § 2. Section 353 of the agriculture and markets  law,  as  amended  by
chapter  458 of the laws of 1985 and the opening paragraph as amended by
chapter 523 of the laws of 2005, is amended to read as follows:
  § 353. Overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide
proper sustenance. 1. A person who overdrives,  overloads,  tortures  or
cruelly  beats  or  unjustifiably injures, maims, mutilates or kills any

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