Budget Priorities

  • Companion Animal Capital Fund (CACF). Continue state support at $5 million, plus retroactively applying current eligibility standards to previous years’ re-appropriations. This goal is in preparation for the 2025 launch of statewide shelter/rescue standard licensing & inspection.
  • Companion Animal Welfare Unit. Ensure funding Companion Animal Welfare Unit at the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets ($2 million appropriation in the 2023 State Budget) is included in the 2024 State Budget. This goal is also in preparation for the 2025 launch of statewide shelter/rescue standard licensing & inspection.
  • Animal Crimes Fund. $2.5 million in the 2024 State Budget to help offset the costs of caring for live evidence in animal crimes cases.

Support

  • Civil Remedy for Companion Animals (bill number pending). Introduces a legal path to animal forfeiture that does not require charging offender with a criminal offense.
  • Expand Insurance Discrimination Law to Cover Renter’s Insurance (S.7416-A/A.6867-A). Builds upon and improves 2021 law prohibiting such discrimination in the issuance of homeowner’s insurance policies.
  • Lowering Sales Threshold for State Regulation of Home-based Breeders (A.1649, Paulin). Lowers the sales threshold from 25 to 15 dogs offered for sale per year.
  • Animal Crimes Package
    • Weapons Inclusion Exception in Felony Cruelty Law (A.7904/S.6913). Elevates the penalty for causing physical injury to companion animals through use of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument while intending to cause serious physical injury.
    • Appearance Ticket Exception (bill number pending). Authorizes police/HLE officers or agents to forego the issuance of an appearance ticket and bring a suspect directly into custody if the person is charged with a crime for which the court may order the posting of a security pursuant to the agriculture and markets law.
    • Make Animal Fighting an Enterprise Crime (A.7303). Includes animal fighting as a designated criminal act under the Penal Law’s Article 460 Enterprise Corruption statute and provides sentencing enhancements for certain animal fighting offenses.
    • Livescan Access for SPCA officers (A.1196/S.1182). Provides SPCA officers access to live scan fingerprinting technology that allows officers to complete arrests independently and without the assistance of other law enforcement personnel, saving valuable time and resources.
    • SPCA Qualified Agency Status (A.8150, senate number pending). Designates SPCAs as a qualified agency for the purpose of allowing access to the division of criminal justice services central data facility.

Oppose

  • Repeals Puppy Mill Pipeline law of 2022 (A.6863). Direct attack on Puppy Mill Pipeline Act of 2022.
  • Increase and restructure dog fighting statute. (A.1148/S.3431-A).