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NY Alert: Ask Committee to Support Bill To Make Pet Theft a Grand Larceny

NY Alert: Ask Committee to Support Bill To Make Pet Theft a Grand Larceny


Tuesday, March 13, the New York Senate Codes Committee will consider a bill to officially declare pet theft a crime of fourth degree grand larceny.

Responsible dog owners who reside or participate in events in New York are encouraged to contact the members of the Senate Codes Committee prior to the March 13 hearing and ask them to support this important legislation. Scroll down for contact information.


Senate Bill 946 amends the state’s penal code to clarify that the definition of “property” includes a pet dog or cat taken from a dwelling, yard, or any enclosure on the owner’s or custodian’s property.   This means that if someone steals a dog or cat from the property of either the owner or a caretaker (defined as someone providing the animal with food and water), then they will be charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree.

The American Kennel Club supports SB 946 and believes that those who commit pet theft should be held accountable under the law.  Those who are victim of a pet theft should be afforded the same protection and compensation as when other valuable property is stolen.

How You Can Help:

Contact the members of the Senate Codes Committee and respectfully ask them to support Senate Bill 946.  The contact information for their offices in Albany is as follows (click on the name to view local office contact information):

Senator Stephen M. Saland (Chair)
Phone: (518)455-2411

Senator John A. DeFrancisco
Phone: (518) 455-3511

Senator Thomas K. Duane
Phone: (518) 455-2451

Senator Adriano Espaillat
Phone: (518) 455-2041

Senator John J. Flanagan
Phone: (518) 455-2071

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.
Phone: (518) 455-3341

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan
Phone: (518) 455-3471

Senator Michael Gianaris
Phone: (518) 455-3486

Senator Martin J. Golden
Phone: (518) 455-2730

Senator Shirley L. Huntley
Phone: (518) 455-3531

Senator Andrew J. Lanza
Phone: (518) 455-3215

Senator Michael F. Nozzolio
Phone: (518) 455-2366

Senator Thomas F. O’Mara
Phone: (518) 455-2091

Senator Kevin S. Parker
Phone: (518) 455-2580

Senator Bill Perkins
Phone: (518) 455-2441

Senator Daniel L. Squadron
Phone: (518) 455-2625

AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) will provide more information as it becomes available.  For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720.

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