CT Animal Cruelty Statute: CGS 53-247



The following information was obtained from the Connecticut General Assembly.

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:

  • Failing to provide it proper care
  • Neglecting to cage or restrain it from injuring itself or another animal
  • Failing to supply it with wholesome air, food and water

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.  This offense does not apply to:

  • Licensed veterinarians following accepted practice standards
  • Persons following approved slaughter methods
  • Students, employees, or persons performing medical research and associated with a hospital, educational institution, or laboratory
  • Persons abiding by generally accepted agricultural practices or lawfully engaged in taking wildlife

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

  1. Owning, possessing, keeping, or training an animal engaged in fighting for amusement or gain
  2. Possessing, keeping, or training an animal to engage in a fighting exhibition for amusement or gain
  3. Allowing such acts to occur on premises under one’s control
  4. Acting as a judge or spectator at such an exhibition
  5. Betting or wagering on the outcome of an exhibition

Intentionally Injuring or Killing Police Animals or Dogs in Volunteer Canine Service and Rescue Teams

Under CGS 53-247(d), intentionally injuring an animal performing its duties under a peace officer’s supervision or intentionally injuring a dog performing its duties as a member of a volunteer canine search and rescue team, is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, up to five years imprisonment, or both.

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.

 

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