senate Bill S3088

2023-2024 Legislative Session

Expands the definition of aggravated cruelty to animals

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Agriculture Committee

  • Introduced
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  • Delivered to Governor
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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 27, 2023 referred to agriculture


S3088 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Agriculture
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §353-a, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: S5114, A5504
2017-2018: S6183, A4813
2019-2020: S1118, A5691
2021-2022: S4574, A6923

S3088 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Expands the definition of aggravated cruelty to animals to include serious physical injuries or the use of a weapon.

S3088 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S3088 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                             January 27, 2023
 Introduced  by  Sen.  LANZA  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture
 AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to enhanced
   penalties for aggravated cruelty to animals
   Section  1.  Subdivision  1  of  section  353-a of the agriculture and
 markets law, as added by chapter 118 of the laws of 1999, is amended  to
 read as follows:
   1.  A  person is guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals when, with no
 justifiable purpose, he or  she  intentionally  kills  or  intentionally
 causes  serious  physical  injury  to a companion animal with aggravated
 cruelty.  For purposes of this section, "aggravated cruelty" shall  mean
 conduct  which:  (i) is intended to cause extreme physical pain OR SERI-
 OUS PHYSICAL INJURY; [or] (ii) is done or carried out in  an  especially
 depraved  or  sadistic  manner;  OR (III) IS COMMITTED WITH THE USE OF A
   § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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