|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 09, 2019||referred to agriculture|
assembly Bill A261
Current Bill Status - In Assembly Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
A261 (ACTIVE) - Details
A261 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 261 2019-2020 Regular Sessions I N A S S E M B L Y (PREFILED) 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 Agriculture AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to compan- ion animal hoarding THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: 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 situation. 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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