ASSEMBLY, No. 1173

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

213th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2008 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman SHEILA Y. OLIVER

District 34 (Essex and Passaic)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblywomen Karrow and Voss

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires dogs licensed out of state that are brought into NJ to be licensed in NJ within 60 days, and raises penalties for violations of law requiring licensing of dogs and of kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel

  


An Act concerning the licensing of dogs, increasing penalties for violations of P.L.1941, c.151, and amending P.L.1941, c.151.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.  Section 6 of P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.6) is amended to read as follows:

     6.  Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into this State any dog licensed in another [State] state for the current year, and bearing a registration tag, and shall keep the [same] dog or permit [the same] it to be kept within the State for a period of more than [ninety] 60 days shall immediately apply for a license and registration tag for each such dog unless [such] the dog [be] is licensed under section [eight] 8 of [this act] P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.8).

     Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into this State any unlicensed dog and shall keep the [same] dog or permit [the same] it to be kept within the State for a period of more than [ten] 10 days shall immediately apply for a license and registration tag for each such dog unless [such] the dog [be] is licensed under section [eight] 8 of [this act] P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.8).

(cf:  P.L.1941, c.151, s.6)

 

     2.  Section 19 of P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.19) is amended to read as follows:

     19.  Except as otherwise provided in [this act] P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.1 et seq.) , any person who violates or who fails or refuses to comply with sections 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 or 18 of [this act] P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.2, C.4:19-15.4, C.4:19-15.6, C.4:19-15.7, C.4:19-15.8, C.4:19-15.10, and, C.4:19-15.18) or the rules and regulations [promulgated] adopted by the State Department of Health and Senior Services pursuant to section 14 of [this act] P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.14) , shall be liable to a penalty of not less than [$5.00] $50 nor more than [$50.00] $100 for each offense, to be recovered by and in the name of the [Director of Health of the State of New Jersey] Commissioner of the State Department of Health and Senior Services, or by and in the name of the local board of health of the municipality, or by and in the name of the municipality, as the case may be, except that for the first offense in cases of violations of sections 2, 4 and 6 of [this act] P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.2, C.4:19-15.4, and C.4:19-15.6) , the penalty shall be not less than [$1.00] $25 nor more than [$50.00] $75 , to be recovered in the same manner.

(cf:  P.L.1974, c.69, s.2)

 

     3.  This act shall take effect on the 90th day after the date of enactment.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill would reduce the number of days allowed for a person to obtain a New Jersey dog license for a dog licensed in another state that is brought from that state into New Jersey.  Current law allows a 90-day period for obtaining a New Jersey dog license in such a situation. This bill would reduce the allowable time period to 60 days.

     The bill also would raise the penalties for violating State law concerning the licensing of dogs and of kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds.  Current law provides generally for civil fines for violations of that law of between $5 and $50, or, for certain first offenses involving dog licensing, civil fines of between $1 and $50. This bill would increase the civil fine range to a sum of between $50 and $100, or, for certain first offenses involving dog licensing, a sum of between $25 and $75.  These penalties have not been changed since 1942.  Current law provides that  any penalties recovered be paid into the State's treasury if the law is being enforced by the State or into a municipality's treasury if the law is being enforced by the local board of health.  The bill would not change that provision.