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SECTION 750-S
Pet disposal forms
General Business (GBS) CHAPTER 20, ARTICLE 35-C
§ 750-s. Pet disposal forms. 1. Each person who gives to a
veterinarian or a pet cemetery owner or pet crematorium owner a pet for
disposal shall be provided by such veterinarian or pet cemetery owner or
pet crematorium owner with a pet disposal disclosure document, in form
approved by the secretary of state, which shall set forth the
alternative methods of pet disposal, the cost of each such method of pet
disposal, if available, and the nature of or place in which each method
of disposal will be carried out. The veterinarian or the pet cemetery
owner or the pet crematorium owner, as the case may be, shall give to
the person who completes the form a copy of the form and retain a copy
of said form. If the person completing the form chooses to have the pet
disposed of by a pet cemetery or pet crematorium and makes the
arrangements therefor through a veterinarian, the veterinarian shall
provide the person with the name, location and telephone number of the
pet cemetery or pet crematorium so that the person may obtain
information about the pet cemetery or pet crematorium. The veterinarian
shall also ensure that a copy of the pet disposal form accompanies the
pet when it is removed from the veterinarian's office.

2. A veterinarian or pet cemetery operator may complete a pet disposal
form with the oral consent of the pet owner. Such oral consent shall be
witnessed and a record of such consent and the completed pet disposal
form shall be retained in the veterinarian's records. A copy of such
completed pet disposal form shall be sent to the pet owner if requested.

3. If a pet owner is unwilling or unable to complete a pet disposal
form then a veterinarian may complete the pet disposal form if two
attempts are made to contact the pet owner. However, at least one
attempt shall be made in writing and sent by first class mail. If the
veterinarian does complete the pet disposal form without the consent of
the pet owner then a copy of the completed pet disposal form shall be
retained by the veterinarian along with the records of the attempts to
contact the pet owner.

4. No pet disposal form shall be required if:

(a) no pet owner can be identified;

(b) the pet remains originate with a municipality;

(c) the pet is abandoned pursuant to article twenty-five-B of the
agriculture and markets law; or

(d) the pet is to be disposed of without charge to the pet owner.