[First Reprint]

ASSEMBLY, No. 2251







By Assemblymen GEIST, DeSOPO and Zecker



An Act concerning cruelty to animals and supplementing Title 4 of the Revised Statutes.


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


    1. Any person who owns a domestic companion animal that has been subjected to an act of cruelty 1[in violation of], for which the person committing that act has been found guilty of violating1 R.S.4:22-17 1, R.S.4:22-18, R.S.4:22-19, or R.S.4:22-20,1 or 1found liable for violating1 R.S.4:22-26 1,1 may bring a civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction for damages against the person committing the act of cruelty. Damages may include, but shall not be limited to, the monetary value of the animal, veterinary expenses incurred by the owner in treating the animal, 1loss of companionship,1 and emotional distress suffered by the owner.

    For the purposes of this section, "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.


    2. This act shall take effect immediately.





Provides for civil action against person committing act of cruelty against a domestic companion animal.