Government Relations

A bill to be considered by the New York State Assembly Judiciary Committee on Thursday, May 28, seeks to mandate non-economic damages (i.e., those damages that cannot be readily assigned an economic value, like loss of society, companionship, and comfort) in cases involving the wrongful death of or injury to a companion animal. The bill, Assembly Bill 3443, would also permit the imposition of punitive damages in such cases; and would require damages received to be placed in trust that would revert to unnamed non-profit organizations if any trust proceeds remained at the death of the animal.

The New York State Senate has approved a bill that would allow dogs in “food service establishments”, as long as certain requirements are met. The AKC supports this bill, which would allow responsible dog owners more opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities and socialization with their well-behaved pets.

The NY Assembly Agriculture Committee is considering a bill tomorrow (Tuesday, May 19) that would clarify current law regarding minimum standards for dogs kept in outdoor shelters. Current law already provides minimum requirements for dogs kept outdoors in inclement weather and extreme temperatures. Assembly Bill 7033 contains reasonable clarifications to these requirements that would protect dogs kept outdoors and ensure they are kept in humane conditions and protected from the elements.

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