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NY Alert: Ask Senate to Support Criminalizing Pet Theft

(Thursday, March 15, 2012)

Senate Bill 946, a bill that would officially declare pet theft a crime of fourth degree grand larceny, has passed the Senate Codes Committee and is now pending on the Senate floor.

Resident New York dog owners are encouraged to contact their state senator and ask them to support Senate Bill 946. Visit the New York State Senate web site and type your address in the “Find My Senator” box on the left side of the home page to find the name and contact information for your senator.


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. Read AKC’s letter to the State Senate.

AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) will continue to provide updates as they are available. For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.

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