2013 Legislative Activity

2013 Bills Signed Into Law

HB6488 “An Act Concerning the Evacuation and Temporary Sheltering of Certain Animals During Emergencies”

CT towns and cities are now required to consider whether to include non-military evacuation of pets and service animals, and temporary sheltering of pets, service animals, and animals trained to help first responders in their emergency plans. Local civil preparedness advisory councils are also now required to include representatives of local and state humane organizations. This law provides critical preparation standards in statute to ensure that Connecticut’s animal owners and shelters are prepared to face the next natural disaster that could occur.

CHS worked closely with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and the Public Safety Committee on the crafting of this bill. CT Humane representatives also testified at a public hearing in support of this bill. In order to promote additional support for this bill, CHS sent out the following e-alert to its online community on May 20, 2013:

LEGISLATIVE ALERT

Coordination of Emergency Sheltering for Animals Bill Passes the House Unanimously!

HB6488 passed the House unanimously last week. This is a bill that would require:

  • Local civil preparedness advisory councils to include representatives of local and state animal humane organizations.
  • Towns to consider including in their emergency plans operational provisions for the non-military evacuation of pets and service animals and temporary sheltering of pets.

This bill provides critical preparation standards in statute to ensure that Connecticut’s animal owners and shelters are prepared to face the next natural disaster that could occur.

Please call your Senator and urge them to pass HB6488 for the Connecticut Humane Society!

SIGNED INTO LAW: July 2, 2013
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2013

Click here ror a comprehensive summary of HB6488.


HB6591: “An Act Requiring The Euthanization Of Any Cat Or Dog To Be Performed By A Licensed Veterinarian In Certain Circumstances."

This law prohibits private pet owners, aside from humane euthanizations from licensed veterinarians and other special exceptions, from inhumanely ending the life of their own dog or cat. Convicted violators are subject to up to a year in prison, a $1,000 fine, or both.

CHS testified in strong support of the bill at its public hearing this year.

SIGNED INTO LAW: July 2, 2013
EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

Click here for a comprehensive summary of HB6591.


HB5027: “An Act Establishing A Task Force Concerning The Sale Of Cats And Dogs At Pet Shops."

A task force has been established to study the proliferation of dogs and cats sourced from inhumane origins and sold in CT pet shops. The study shall include, but not be limited to, an examination of how to amend the general statutes to reduce the amount of pets coming into CT from substandard animal mills. The task force must submit its findings to the joint standing committee in the General Assembly by January 1, 2014.

CHS supported this bill and the creation of this task force as another step towards ending the cruelty to animals practiced at substandard domestic animal mills.

Signed by the Governor: June 21, 2013

Click here for a comprehensive summary of HB5027.


HB5836: “An Act Concerning The Availability Of Funding For The Vaccination And Sterilization Of Dogs And Cats Owned By Low-Income Persons"

This law increases the State funding available to be used for the spay/neuter and vaccination of dogs and cats owned by low-income people. Funds come from a surcharge on dog licenses, certain adoption fees for animal controls’ unspayed/unneutered cats and dogs, and proceeds from the “Caring for Pets” license plates.

CHS supported the concept of this bill.

SIGNED INTO LAW: June 6, 2013
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2013

Click here for a comprehensive summary of HB5836.


HB6311: “An Act Prohibiting Municipalities From Adopting Breed-Specific Dog Ordinances"

This law prevents towns and cities from adopting breed-specific dog ordinances that would outlaw the possession of any kind of dog.

CHS testified at the public hearing in support of this bill. In order to promote additional support of this bill, CHS sent the following e-alert to its online community on May 14, 2013:

LEGISLATIVE ALERT:

The House of Representatives unanimously passed HB6311 “AN ACT PROHIBITING MUNICIPALITIES FROM ADOPTING BREED-SPECIFIC DOG ORDINANCES.”

Please contact your State Senator today to urge their support for HB6311 which will ensure that rescue dogs are not prevented from being adopted by willing prospective owners.

HB6311 would change state statute and specifically prohibit any municipality in Connecticut from instituting breed-specific dog ordinances outlawing the possession of any kind of dog.

This bill unanimously passed the House of Representatives last week but needs to pass the Senate in order to be considered by the Governor.

Please call your State Senator today and urge for their support of this bill!

SIGNED INTO LAW: June 6, 2013
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2013

Click here for a comprehensive summary of HB 6311.

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