2014 Legislative Activity

2014 Bills Signed Into Law

SB 445 An Act Concerning Certain Recommendations Of the Task Force On The Sale Of Cats And Dogs From Inhumane Origins At Connectict Pet Shops. (public act 14-77)

This initiative was the result of collaboration by animal advocates across the state which began with a task force that convened in the fall of 2013.  This legislation received support from CHS, passed the legislature and was signed by the Governor on June 3, 2014.

Amongst other sections in the legislation, PA 14-77 does the following to ensure companion animals in Connecticut are not originating from facilities that breed and transport animals inhumanely:

  • Prohibits pet shop licensees from purchasing or selling dogs or cats from breeders who have violated U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) animal welfare regulations and increases the fine from $500 to $1,000 for those violations.
  • Requires a pet shop licensee to post certain USDA inspection reports for breeders of any dog offered for sale.
  • Specifies that consumers can seek help from the DoAg commissioner if a pet shop licensee fails to reimburse veterinarian expenses as required.

SIGNED INTO LAW: June 3, 2014
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2014

Click here for a comprehensive summary of SB445  


SB 309 An Act Concerning Municipal Costs For The Care Of Confiscated Animals (Public Act 14-205)

This bill is an extremely important piece of legislation that was strongly supported by CHS, passed the legislature and was signed by the Governor on June 13, 2014.

The provisions in the public act takes the following steps in ensuring the safe protection and care of companion animals:

  • Permits the Department of Agriculture to reimburse municipalities that provide temporary care to animals that are sheltered for at least 30 days.  The funding for these reimbursements will be provided from the animal abuse cost recovery and animal population control accounts.
  • Creates a task force to evaluate how animals are humanely sheltered in municipal and regional shelters and charges the task foce to provide recommendations to the legislature by January 1st 2015.

The Connecticut Humane Society sent out the following e-alert to its online community on April 28, 2014:

Legislative Alert

Please Support SB 309 “AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL COSTS FOR THE CARE OF CONFISCATED ANIMALS”

The Bill Would:

  1. Protect animals who are victims of abuse by increasing the bond the owner of a neglected or cruelly treated animals must post from $500 total to $500 per animal.
  2. Provide greater assurance of reimbursement to municipalities/public/private agency by requiring the Department of Agriculture commissioner’s use of the animal abuse cost recovery and animal population control accounts to use the accounts to reimburse a municipal or other public or private agency or person for the cost of providing temporary care to animals that either lasts more than 30 days or exceeds the posted bond amount.
  3. Create a task force to evaluate the humane treatment of animals in rescue shelters and other facilities across the state. This is an important step to ensure all companion animals receive proper and sufficient care. 

The Connecticut Humane Society has 133 years of experience in animal welfare and sheltering. In 2013 alone, the Connecticut Humane Society received 675 pets from animal control partners which were placed into our adoption program. In order to continue to provide the proper care and support of our beloved animals please give us the resources to do so.

Please Support SB 309 to help confiscated animals receive the proper care and attention they deserve

SIGNED INTO LAW: June 13, 2014
EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

Click here for a comprehensive summary of SB 309 

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