STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
January 22, 2021
Introduced by Sens. RITCHIE, BOYLE, GALLIVAN -- read twice and ordered
printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Agricul-
AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to aggra-
vated cruelty to animals
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 353-a of the agriculture and
2 markets law, as added by chapter 118 of the laws of 1999, is amended to
3 read as follows:
4 1. A person is guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals when, with no
5 justifiable purpose, he or she intentionally kills or intentionally
6 causes serious physical injury to a companion animal [with aggravated
7 cruelty. For purposes of this section, "aggravated cruelty" shall mean
8 conduct which: (i) is intended to cause extreme physical pain; or (ii)
9 is done or carried out in an especially depraved or sadistic manner].
10 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.