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  • NJ A2052
  • Revises definition of "necessary care" in the State's animal cruelty law to include more specific requirements.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill amends the definition for "necessary care," established by P.L.2013, c.88 (designated as Patrick's Law), to provide for additional specific care requirements. Under the bill, "necessary care" means care sufficient to preserve the health and well-being of an animal, and, except for emergencies or circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the person responsible for the care of the animal, providing the following: (1) food of sufficient quantity and quality to allow for normal growth or maintenance of body weight; (2) open or adequate access to drinkable water of an appropriate temperature in sufficient quantity to satisfy the needs of the animal; (3) access to adequate protection from the weather, including an enclosed non-hazardous structure sufficient to protect the animal in which there is adequate bedding to protect the animal against cold and dampness; (4) adequate protection for the animal from extreme or excessive sunlight and from overexposure to the sun, heat and other weather conditions; (5) veterinary care to alleviate suffering and maintain health; and (6) reasonable access to a clean and adequate exercise area.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Economic Growth, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Economic Growth Committee  (on 1/9/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
1/9/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Economic Growth Committee
12/19/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (67-5-5)
11/14/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
11/14/2016 Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Hearing (14:00 11/14/2016 Committee Room 15, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 12/19/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 67 5 8
Detail 11/14/2016 Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee: Reported Favorably 3 2 0