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File #: Int 1484-2019    Version: Name: Providing information about pets whose owners enter homeless shelters.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on General Welfare
On agenda: 3/28/2019
Enactment date: 9/26/2021 Law number: 2021/097
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to providing information about pets whose owners enter homeless shelters
Sponsors: Stephen T. Levin, Robert F. Holden, Margaret S. Chin, Brad S. Lander, Justin L. Brannan, Diana I. Ayala, Farah N. Louis, Adrienne E. Adams, Carlina Rivera , Rafael Salamanca, Jr., James F. Gennaro
Council Member Sponsors: 11
Summary: This bill would require the Department to post information on its website regarding the process for having a pet designated as an emotional support animal, and to report, every three months, information on how many individuals and families applied for shelter and reported they had a pet, as well as the the placement or disposition of pets that belong to people who enter homeless shelters. Finally, the bill would require the Department to develop a questionnaire to obtain the information required to be reported.
Indexes: Report Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1484-A, 2. Summary of Int. No. 1484, 3. Int. No. 1484, 4. March 28, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 3-28-19, 6. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - March 28, 2019, 7. Committee Report 2/28/20, 8. Hearing Testimony 2/28/20, 9. Hearing Transcript 2/28/20, 10. Proposed Int. No. 1484-A - 8/20/21, 11. Committee Report 8/26/21, 12. Hearing Transcript 8/26/21, 13. August 26, 2021 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 14. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 8-26-21, 15. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - August 26, 2021, 16. Int. No. 1484-A (FINAL), 17. Fiscal Impact Statement, 18. Legislative Documents - Letter to the Mayor, 19. Local Law 97
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Int. No. 1484-A

 

By Council Members Levin, Holden, Chin, Lander, Brannan, Ayala, Louis, Adams, Rivera, Salamanca and Gennaro

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to providing information about pets whose owners enter homeless shelters

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Chapter 3 of title 21 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 21-327 to read as follows:

§ 21-327 Information regarding the placement of pets.

a. Definitions. For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

Family. The term “family” means any two or more people, at least one of whom is 18 years of age or older, who accompany each other upon entering shelter. 

Individual. The term “individual” means any person who is 18 years of age or older who enters shelter without an accompanying person.

Pet. The term “pet” means a domesticated animal that is in the lawful possession of a person whose primary purpose in possessing such animal is to keep such animal as a pet.

Shelter. The term “shelter” means housing provided to individuals and families by the department or a provider under contract or similar agreement with the department.

b. No later than January 15, 2022, the department shall post on its website information regarding the placement of pets for families and individuals entering shelter and how to obtain any required paperwork for a pet to be designated as an emotional support animal. Such information must include the locations of the full-service animal shelters described in section 17-803.

c. No later than January 15, 2023 and every three months thereafter, the department shall post on its website and submit to the speaker of the council and the mayor a report that contains the following information:

1. The total number of families and individuals who applied for shelter disaggregated by those who reported that they had a pet; and

2. For each pet reported:

(a) Type of animal;

(b) Whether, upon the individual or family entering shelter, the pet was placed with a family member, friend or foster care provider, surrendered to an animal shelter or, in the case of any other placement or disposition of such pet, the details of such placement or disposition;

(c) Whether the individual or family reported forgoing shelter because they could not find an acceptable placement for their pet and, if so, the number of days such individual or family reported having forgone shelter for that reason;

(d) Whether the individual or family would have entered shelter with their pet if permitted to do so; and

(e) Whether the individual or family intended to regain possession of their pet upon obtaining housing that would accommodate their pet.

c. The information reported pursuant to subdivision b of this section shall be disaggregated by the borough in which the individual or family entered shelter. Where foster care providers are identified as placements, the name of any affiliated not-for-profit organization shall be identified. Where surrender to an animal shelter is identified as a placement, the name and location of the animal shelter shall be identified.     

d. No later than 120 days after the effective date of the local law that added this section, the department shall develop and use a questionnaire for the purpose of obtaining and reporting the information this section requires.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.

 

 

 

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