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  • NJ S1640
  • Establishes requirements concerning necessary care of dogs, domestic companion animals, and service animals, and for tethering of dogs.*
Introduced
(2/16/2016)
In Committee
(1/30/2017)
Crossed Over
(6/29/2017)
Passed
(6/29/2017)
Signed
(8/7/2017)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would make it a violation of the State animal cruelty laws to: 1) leave a cat, dog, or other domestic companion animal unattended outdoors when the outside ambient temperature is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or less or 90 degrees Fahrenheit or more, without readily available access to shelter in which the ambient temperature is maintained properly and safely above 32 degrees Fahrenheit and below 90 degrees Fahrenheit or below in accordance with any applicable local code, ordinance, or regulation; or 2) leave a cat, dog, or other domestic companion animal outdoors when evacuation of the area has been recommended by State or local law enforcement due to weather or other emergency conditions. In the case of evacuation, the bill directs that the cat, dog, or other domestic companion animal be evacuated with its owner, if possible. If evacuation with the owner is not an option, the bill requires the cat, dog. or other domestic companion animal to be: 1) delivered to an animal kennel, shelter, or other suitable animal care facility; or 2) secured in an indoor area constructed to be as protective of the animal as possible under the circumstances. If, for the purposes of complying with the bill's requirements, the cat, dog, or other domestic companion animal is relocated to, or provided readily available access to, a basement or a garage, the bill requires the basement or garage to be properly ventilated in accordance with the State Uniform Construction Code, and during weather or other emergency conditions, also reasonably safe form flooding. The bill defines "domestic companion animal" means any animal commonly referred to as a pet or one that has been bought, bred, raised or otherwise acquired, in accordance with local ordinances and State and federal law for the primary purpose of providing companionship to the owner, rather than for business or agricultural purposes. It does not include livestock. Furthermore, the bill establishes that violations of any of the bill's provisions would constitute failure to provide "necessary care" pursuant to R.S.4:22-17 and R.S.4:22-26. Current law defines "necessary care" as care sufficient to preserve the health and well-being of an animal, and includes, but is not limited to: food of sufficient quantity and quality to allow for normal growth or maintenance of body weight; adequate access to water in sufficient quantity and quality to satisfy the animal's needs; access to adequate protection from the weather; and veterinary care to alleviate suffering and maintain health. Under R.S.4:22-26, a violator may be liable for civil penalties of $500 to $2,000 for failure to provide necessary care, depending on the consequences of failure to do so. Under R.S.4:22-17, failure to provide necessary care would be a disorderly persons offense, a crime of the fourth degree, or crime of the third degree, depending on the consequences of failure to do so.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Budget and Appropriations, Economic Growth, Environment and Energy, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses, Passed Senate
Approved P.L.2017, c.189.  (on 8/7/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
8/7/2017 S Approved P.L.2017, c.189.
6/29/2017 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (34-0)
6/29/2017 S Received in the Senate, 2nd Reading on Concurrence
6/29/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (71-1-6)
6/29/2017 A Substituted for A3152/3154/2426 (AS/2R)
6/8/2017 A Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (Jones)
5/22/2017 A Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (Tucker)
3/16/2017 A Received in the Assembly without Reference, 2nd Reading
3/13/2017 S Passed by the Senate (35-0)
2/13/2017 S Senate Amendment (30-0) (Van Drew)
1/30/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (19:00 1/30/2017 A-4146 (2R) is pending referral.)
1/30/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
1/30/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (13:00 1/30/2017 Committee Room 4, 1st Floor)
12/12/2016 S Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
12/12/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee as a Substitute, 2nd Reading
12/12/2016 Senate Economic Growth Hearing (10:30 12/12/2016 Committee Room 1, 1st Floor)
9/29/2016 Senate Economic Growth Hearing (10:30 9/29/2016 Committee Room 1, 1st Floor)
3/7/2016 S Transferred to Senate Economic Growth Committee
3/3/2016 Senate Economic Growth Hearing (10:30 3/3/2016 Committee Room 1, 1st Floor)
2/16/2016 S Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Environment and Energy Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/29/2017 Assembly Floor: Substitute For A3152 As (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/29/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 72 1 7
Detail 3/13/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 35 0 5
Detail 2/13/2017 Senate Floor: Second Reading (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 2/13/2017 Senate Floor: Amend 30 0 10
Detail 1/30/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee: Reported with Amendments 12 0 1
Detail 12/12/2016 Senate Economic Growth Committee: Reported with Substitution 4 0 1