CVA's 2012 accomplishments
We are thrilled to report that all of the following bills unanimously passed the legislature! This is a huge victory for animals!
- HB 5409 , now Public Act No. 12-105, concerning Pet Shops (1) makes clear that pet shops must reimburse for veterinary expenses when consumers want to keep their beloved cat or dog, (2) requires notice to customers of their rights under Connecticut’s “Pet Lemon Law,” and (3) institutes fines for poor animal care by pet shops.
- HB 5446, now Public Act No. 12-108, concerning Animal Control Officers, would (1) require training for new Animal Control Officers and (2) allow ACOs to redeem State spay/neuter vouchers in order to sterilize animals before releasing them to adopters.
- HB 5289 now Public Act No 12-86, Imposes a felony rather than misdemeanor penalty for a second or subsequent cruelty conviction. Thus, instead of up to a $1000 fine and/or 1 year in prison, habitual abusers will receive a fine of up to $5000 and/or 5 years in prison.