New York Bills Would Restrict Ownership of Companion Animals by Aggravated Cruelty Offenders

New York Senate Bill 294, and its companion, New York Assembly Bill 433, would prohibit a person convicted of aggravated animal cruelty from owning or possessing a companion animal. A similar bill, Senate Bill 673, would limit ownership or possession of companion animals by aggravated animal cruelty offenders and would require them to demonstrate psychiatric testing and sound mental capacity prior to ownership of a companion animal. Relatedly, Assembly Bill 1225 would restrict an offender’s ownership of a companion animal for a period of at least five years. The Senate bills have been referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture while the Assembly bills have been referred to the Assembly Committee on Agriculture.