Mississippi Senate Bill 2114 would create and regulate the administration of an animal abuse registry for domesticated dogs and cats.
Mississippi Considers Animal Abuse Registry
New York Considers Crime of Cruelty to Animals to Threaten, Intimidate, or Harass
New York Assembly Bill 1353 would establish crimes of cruelty to animals to threaten, intimidate, or harass in the third degree and cruelty to animals to threaten, intimidate, or harass in the first degree if done in the presence of a minor child.
Kentucky Considers Creating Cause of Action for Costs of Seized Animals and Immunity for Rescuing Companion Animals from Cars
Kentucky House Bill 215 would authorize law enforcement officers to seize and hold animals who are victims of cruelty or abuse and would create a civil cause of action for the seizing agency to seek reimbursement for reasonable costs of caring for seized animals from the owner. The bill would also establish immunity for a person who enters a car containing a dog or cat believed in good faith to be in danger of death.
New York Legislation Would Expand Definition of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals
New York Senate Bill 197 would expand the definition of aggravated cruelty to animals to include harm to a companion animal during the commission of a felony.
New York Legislation Would Make Failure to Provide Food and Water to Animal Kept Outside a Felony
New York Senate Bill 227 would make the failure to provide food, water, or appropriate shelter to a dog or cat left outside a felony.
New York Considers Lowering Threshold for Aggravated Cruelty to Animals
New York Senate Bill 960 would remove the term “serious” from the “serious physical injury” language required for a conviction of aggravated cruelty to animals.
New York Legislation Would Include Wildlife in Cruelty Prohibition
New York Assembly Bill 456 would expand the definition of aggravated cruelty to animals to include intentional acts of cruelty to wildlife as well as companion animals.
New York Considers Increasing Punishment for Cruelty to Animals in front of a Child
New York Assembly Bill 474 would increase the potential imprisonment from two to four years for aggravated cruelty to animals when committed in front of a minor child.
New York Considers Creating Animal Law Task Force
New York Assembly Bill 162 would create a task force on animal laws and require that the force report to the governor and legislature recommendations on how to increase statewide uniformity of animal laws.
New York Considers Unsealing Records of Youth Animal Abuse Offenders
New York Senate Bill 230 would forbid the sealing of records of youth convicted of animal abuse and require that such individuals undergo appropriate psychiatric evaluation and treatment.