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  • NJ A4629
  • Authorizes placement of involved animal with animal welfare agency or similar entity pending adjudication of alleged animal cruelty violation when not adjudicated in seven days.
Introduced
(2/27/2017)
In Committee
(2/27/2017)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill provides for an animal welfare organization, animal rescue organization, or operator of a foster home or shelter to take custody of an animal confiscated from its owner and being held pending adjudication of an alleged animal cruelty violation. Specifically the bill provides that the animal would be placed in the custody of an animal welfare organization, animal rescue organization, or operator of a foster home or shelter on the seventh day after it is confiscated, if the owner has not resumed custody of the animal. The animal welfare organization, animal rescue organization, or operator of a foster home or shelter would properly house and care for the animal until adjudication of the alleged animal cruelty violation and final disposition of the animal by the court. The bill provides that if the animal is placed in the custody of a shelter and remains at the shelter, the shelter would not be able to offer the animal for adoption or euthanize the animal until seven days after the final disposition of the animal by the court. Furthermore, the bill provides that: 1) the animal welfare organization, animal rescue organization, or operator of a foster home or shelter is entitled to reimbursement of all care expenses incurred for the animal; and 2) upon conviction of the animal cruelty offense or if the owner is found liable for civil penalties therefor, the court is directed to order the owner to pay the animal welfare organization, animal rescue organization, or operator of a foster home or shelter for all care expenses incurred for the animal.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee  (on 2/27/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
2/27/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
None specified