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NY Senate To Vote on Making Theft Of A Pet From Its Owner’s Property Grand Larceny

June 2, 2015

The New York Senate is expected to vote soon on a bill that would criminalize taking a pet from someone’s property.

New York residents are encouraged to call your State Senator today and ask them to support Senate Bill 423, which will provide law enforcement with an important tool to penalize those who steal pets from a person’s home or property.  Visit the AKC’s Legislative Action Center and type in your address to find the name and contact information for your State Senator.

Summary:

Current New York law declares that theft of certain property is grand larceny in the fourth degree.  Senate Bill 423 expands this to include a dog or cat taken from a dwelling, enclosure, or yard on the owner or legal custodian’s property.

Clearly defining pets as property would ensure that responsible dog owners and breeders in New York that are victims of pet theft at their residence or private property are entitled to the same protections and compensations as when other property is stolen, and would hold those accountable who would steal someone’s pet from an owner’s yard or residence. 

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

The New York Senate is expected to vote soon on a bill that would criminalize taking a pet from someone’s property.

New York residents are encouraged to call your State Senator today and ask them to support Senate Bill 423, which will provide law enforcement with an important tool to penalize those who steal pets from a person’s home or property

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