New York Bill Would Let Courts Use Animal Well-Being to Determine Animal Ownership

New York Assembly Bill 269 would allow a court to assign joint or sole ownership of a companion animal by taking into consideration the well-being of the companion animal during proceedings for dissolution of marriage. The bill also would allow courts to “require a party to care for the companion animal taking into consideration the well-being of such companion animal.” The bill has been referred to the Assembly Judiciary Committee.