|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Mar 11, 2020||referred to domestic animal welfare|
senate Bill S8039
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Domestic Animal Welfare Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S8039 (ACTIVE) - Details
S8039 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S8039 SPONSOR: KAMINSKY TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to requir- ing animal shelters and animal rescue groups to disclose whether a dog has bitten a person and broken the person's skin PURPOSE: This bill will require animal shelters and rescue centers to disclose whether a dog has a known history of biting. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Adds a new section to the agriculture and markets law to require animal shelters and animal rescue groups to disclose, to the best of their knowledge, whether a dog of the age of four months or older has bitten a person and broke that person's skin. Animal shelters will have to disclose this information in writing, prior to the sale or
S8039 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 8039 I N S E N A T E March 11, 2020 ___________ Introduced by Sens. KAMINSKY, MARTINEZ -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Domestic Animal Welfare AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to requir- ing animal shelters and animal rescue groups to disclose whether a dog has bitten a person and broken the person's skin THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new section 123-c to read as follows: § 123-C. DISCLOSURE OF DOG BITES. 1. DEFINITIONS. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION: (A) "ANIMAL SHELTER" MEANS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT FACILITY WHERE HOMELESS, LOST, STRAY, ABANDONED, SEIZED, SURRENDERED OR UNWANTED ANIMALS ARE RECEIVED, HARBORED, MAINTAINED AND MADE AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, REDEMPTION BY THEIR OWNERS OR OTHER LAWFUL DISPOSITION, AND WHICH IS OWNED, OPERATED, OR MAINTAINED BY A DULY INCORPORATED HUMANE SOCIETY, ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY, SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS, OR OTHER ORGANIZATION DEVOTED TO THE WELFARE, PROTECTION OR HUMANE TREATMENT OF ANIMALS. (B) "ANIMAL RESCUE GROUP" MEANS A DULY INCORPORATED NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT ACCEPTS HOMELESS, LOST, STRAY, ABANDONED, SEIZED, SURRENDERED OR UNWANTED ANIMALS FROM AN ANIMAL SHELTER OR OTHER PLACE AND ATTEMPTS TO FIND HOMES FOR, AND PROMOTE ADOPTION OF, SUCH ANIMALS BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC. 2. EVERY ANIMAL SHELTER OR ANIMAL RESCUE GROUP SHALL BE REQUIRED TO DISCLOSE, TO THE BEST OF THEIR KNOWLEDGE, WHETHER A DOG OF THE AGE OF FOUR MONTHS OR OLDER HAS BITTEN A PERSON AND BROKEN THAT PERSON'S SKIN. THE ANIMAL SHELTER OR ANIMAL RESCUE GROUP SHALL, BEFORE SELLING, GIVING AWAY, OR OTHERWISE RELEASING THE DOG FROM THEIR OWNERSHIP SHALL: (A) DISCLOSE IN WRITING TO THE PERSON TO WHOM THE DOG IS SOLD, GIVEN AWAY, OR TRANSFERRED THAT THE DOG HAS A KNOWN BITE HISTORY AND THE CIRCUMSTANCES RELATED TO THE BITE; AND EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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