NY Considering Bill to Clarify Rules for Hunting Dogs

The New York Assembly Agriculture Committee is considering a bill tomorrow (Tuesday, June 9) that would make some changes and clarifications to the laws regarding hunting dogs. Under the provisions of this bill, a hunting dog may be deemed to be under the control of its owner and not be considered to be at-large if certain requirements are met.

NY Considering Bill to Clarify Rules for Hunting Dogs

June 8, 2015

The New York Assembly Agriculture Committee is considering a bill tomorrow (Tuesday, June 9) that would make some changes and clarifications to the laws regarding hunting dogs.

Assembly Bill 7220 deals with dogs recovered or seized by local law enforcement for being at-large.  Under the provisions of this bill, a hunting dog may be deemed to be under the control of its owner and not be considered to be at-large if all of the following requirements are met:

  • The dog is wearing a tag, collar or other device that includes the contact information of the owner, trainer or handler;
  • The owner, handler, or trainer is on a property and released the dog on a property where hunting is permitted; and
  • The owner, handler or trainer can demonstrate that they have a license to hunt pursuant to the state’s Fish and Wildlife Law.

If it cannot be immediately determined that the owner, handler, or trainer is in compliance with these requirements, then they may be charged with an at-large dog violation.

New York residents and those who participate in hunt trials and other similar events in the state may comment on this legislation by:

  • Contacting your State Assemblymember with any comments you have on Assembly Bill 7220.  Visit the AKC’s Legislative Action Center and type your address in the “Find Your Elected Officials” box to obtain the name and contact information for your State Assemblymember.  An e-mail list for the full State Assembly can be found here.

AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) will continue to monitor this legislation.  For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.