STATE OF NEW YORK
2017-2018 Regular Sessions
May 11, 2017
Introduced by Sens. KLEIN, MARCHIONE -- read twice and ordered printed,
and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture
AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to author-
izing the trapping, neutering or spaying, and releasing of feral cats
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Section 350 of the agriculture and markets law is amended
2 by adding a new subdivision 6 to read as follows:
3 6. "Feral cat" means a domesticated cat (Felis catus) that was former-
4 ly owned, that has been abandoned and is no longer socialized, and any
5 offspring of such cat.
6 § 2. The opening paragraph of section 355 of the agriculture and
7 markets law is designated subdivision 1 and a new subdivision 2 is added
8 to read as follows:
9 2. The provisions of subdivision one of this section shall not apply
10 to any person or entity who abandons a feral cat or cats after having
11 trapped and spayed or neutered such cat or cats.
12 § 3. The opening paragraph of subdivision 5 of section 374 of the
13 agriculture and markets law is designated paragraph a and a new para-
14 graph b is added to read as follows:
15 b. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph a of this subdivision,
16 no provision of law shall prohibit any person from releasing any feral
17 cat which has been trapped and spayed or neutered.
18 § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.