City of New York
by Council Members Freed, Miller, Linares, Quinn, Fiala,
and Stabile; also Council Members, Eldridge and Sabini
read and referred to the Committee Health.
Amended April 19, 2001. Ordered reprinted and laid over.
amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in
relation to regulating the possession, use and sale of domestic
it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Title 17 of the administrative code of the city
of New York is amended by adding
thereto a new chapter 8 to read as follows:
17-801 Short title This subchapter shall be known
and may be cited as the "Ferret Regulation Law."
17-802 Definitions. Whenever used in this subchapter,
the following terms shall have the
(a) "Person" means an individual, corporation association
or other legal entity.
b) "Ferret" means the domestic ferret, ferret-fitch, or
"Inoculated against canine distemper and and rabies"
means that the subject ferret shall have received at minimum
the first inoculation in the inoculation series for those
diseases, provided that the subject ferret shall subsequently
receive the remainder of the inoculation series, if any,
and shall periodically receive booster shots or re-inoculations,
when required and provided further that the burden of
proof shall rest upon the owner thereof to demonstrate
that such requirements for periodic shots or inoculations
have been complied with. The earliest date at which said
periodic shots or inoculations may begin shall be determined
by the schedule set forth on the manufacturer's label
or instructions for the particular vaccine being used,
or equivalent standards set by a competent veterinary
No person shall own or harbor a ferret unless such ferret
has been spayed or neutered and inoculated against canine
distemper and rabies.
No person shall offer for sale, sell or give a ferret
as a gift unless such ferret has been spayed or neutered
and inoculated against canine distemper and rabies.
No person shall liberate or allow the escape of any ferret
in their possession.
No person shall cause or permit the hunting of any animal
with a ferret.
17-804 Violations. Any violation of this chapter or
any of the rules promulgated hereunder shall upon conviction
thereof be punishable by a fine of not less than two hundred
fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars. Civil
violations under this section shall be adjudicated before
the department's administrative tribunal.
17-805 Construction. The provisions of this chapter
shall not be construed to apply to:
A zoological park operated by the department of parks
and recreation, by the Wildlife Conservation Society,
or by the Staten Island Zoological Society;
A laboratory or institutions operated pursuant to section
504 of the public health law;
A circus or native wildlife rehabilitator licensed by
federal or state agencies;
A place which has received the approval of the department
of health to exhibit or use such animals and which has
protective devices which are adequate to prevent such
animals from escaping or injuring the public, provided
however, that the department may impose reasonable conditions
and time limits on the granting of such approval; or
Ferrets brought into the city of New York for a period
not exceeding thirty days.
17-806 Rules. The commissioner of the department of
health shall promulgate rules in accordance with the provisions
of this chapter, and such other rules as may be necessary
for the purpose of implementing and carrying out the provisions
of this chapter.
2. This local law shall take effect immediately.
Note: Matter in italics is new; matter in brackets
[ ] to be omitted.