Cruelty to Animals
Connecticut law defines “animals” as all brute creatures and birds. CGS 53-247(a), as amended by PA 12-86, prohibits people from overdriving, overloading, overworking, torturing, depriving of substance, mutilating, cruelly beating or killing, or unjustifiably injuring any animal. If impounding or confining an animal, it prohibits:
The statute also bans unjustifiably administering or exposing a domestic animal to any poisonous or noxious drug or substance intending that the animal will take it. Individuals in custody of an animal may not act cruelly to it; fail to provide it with proper food, drink or shelter, abandon it; or carry or cause it to be carried in a cruel manner. Fighting with or baiting, harassing, or worrying an animal to make it perform for amusement, diversion, or exhibition is also prohibited. A first offense is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, imprisonment for up to one year, or both. Each subsequent offence is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, imprisonment for up to five years, or both.
Under CGS 53-247(b), maliciously and intentionally maiming, mutilating, torturing, wounding, or killing an animal is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, up to five years imprisonment, or both. Additionally, first offenses are considered a class D felony. Anyone committing additional offenses will be charged with a class C felony. This offense does not apply to:
Animals Engaged in Exhibition of Fighting
Under CGS 53-247(c), the following actions are also punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, up to five years imprisonment, or both: knowingly
Intentionally Injuring or Killing Police Animals or Dogs in Volunteer Canine Service and Rescue Teams
And under CGS 53-247(e), intentionally killing such an animal is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000, up to 10 years imprisonment, or both.