New York Considers Requiring Veterinarians to Report Deaths of Animals Obtained from Dealers

New York Assembly Bill 6560 would require that veterinarians report to the state Department of Agriculture and Markets the cause of death (and allow them to disclose relevant records) for a companion animal if the death was due to illness, disease, or congenital condition and the death occurs within six months of obtaining the animal from a pet dealer. The bill also would authorize the commissioner to conduct an inspection of dealers’ facilities.