assembly Bill A261

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to companion animal hoarding

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2020 referred to agriculture
Jan 09, 2019 referred to agriculture


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

A261 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Creates the crime of companion animal hoarding.

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