STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
January 6, 2021
Introduced by Sens. TEDISCO, ADDABBO, AKSHAR, BOYLE, BRESLIN, BROOKS,
HELMING, KENNEDY, O'MARA, RITCHIE, SANDERS, SEPULVEDA -- read twice
and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee
AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to expand-
ing the definition of aggravated cruelty to animals to include harm to
animals during the commission of a felony
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as "Kirby and
2 Quigley's Law".
3 § 2. Subdivision 1 of section 353-a of the agriculture and markets
4 law, as added by chapter 118 of the laws of 1999, is amended to read as
6 1. A person is guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals when[,]: either
7 (a) with no justifiable purpose, he or she intentionally kills or
8 intentionally causes serious physical injury, as defined in subdivision
9 twenty-nine of section one hundred eight of this chapter, to a companion
10 animal with aggravated cruelty[.]; or
11 (b) in the course of commission of a felony, or of immediate flight
12 therefrom, he or she causes intentional physical injury, as defined in
13 subdivision twenty-eight of section one hundred eight of this chapter,
14 or death to a companion animal.
15 For purposes of this section, "aggravated cruelty" shall mean conduct
16 which: (i) is intended to cause extreme physical pain; or (ii) is done
17 or carried out in an especially depraved or sadistic manner.
18 § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.