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New York Increases Penalties for Pet Theft

(Thursday, July 24, 2014)

Yesterday, New York Governor Cuomo signed a measure that will increase the penalty for those who steal companion animals.

The new law, which is supported by the AKC and takes effect immediately, increases the penalty from a $200 fine to a $1,000 fine for anyone who does any of the following:

1) Removes the collar or any means of identifying the owner from a domestic animal without the owner’s permission,

2) Entices a domestic animal out of an enclosure without the owner’s permission to remove identification, or

3) Transports a dog that is not lawfully in their possession with the purpose of killing or selling the dog (The new law also expands this provision to apply to all companion animals).

Read more about pet theft prevention and recovery on AKC’s blog.

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