Legislation requiring abusers to pay for care of seized animals becomes law

BREWSTER, N.Y. – A bill that will require animal abusers to pay for the cost of care for abused animals that have been seized, has been signed by the Governor and will now become law.

Following the recent reports of animal cruelty statewide, Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) said this legislation, S2665B, couldn't come at a better time.

“It seems as though weekly we are disturbed by even more heinous accounts of animal cruelty. These reports are heartbreaking and underline the exact need for this new law. This law will now enable courts to hold hearings to compensate impounding organizations for their services, which will in turn help continue to provide care to abused animals,” said Senator Greg Ball. “I would like to thank my colleagues in the Senate and Assembly for supporting this important piece of legislation to hold those that abuse animals accountable. Along with child predators, animal abusers are some of the lowest forms of human life. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for signing this bill into law today. Let us remember that those who commit crimes against animals often expand their carnage to their neighbors and the larger community.”

Often in cases of animal cruelty, a law enforcement agent seizes animals. Afterward, housing and care for these animals must be found. Historically, organizations such as shelters, humane societies, societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals and rescue organizations have assisted law enforcement by providing care for these animals. Such organizations have provided services often with little or no reimbursement.

The financial burden of caring for many animals, often for lengthy periods of time, is forcing some organizations to decline assisting law enforcement, refusing to place seized animals. Where there is no organization to care for seized animals, law enforcement is less likely to conduct seizures and animals remain in abusive situations and conditions.

The legislation was sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, (D-Scarsdale).

“These people have abused these animals and that is horrible in and of itself. They should be punished to the greatest extent of the law because of what they have done. In addition, they need to be financially responsible and must shoulder the burden monetarily to provide the resources that will allow these poor animals to be nursed back to health,” said Assemblywoman Paulin.


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