HB 5844 (Public Act No. 13-189, effective July 1, 2013)
Prohibits dog chaining outside during official weather advisories, i.e. heat or wind chill advisory, severe thunderstorm warnings, tornado warnings, blizzards, except for a brief 15 minute break. Also prohibits chaining whenever adverse weather conditions pose a threat to the dog based on the dog’s age, health, breed, etc.
HB 5836 (Public Act No. 13-99, effective July 1, 2013)
Doubles the amount of spay/neuter vouchers available to low-income people, distributed through the Animal Population Control Program.
HB 5027 (Special Act No. 13-99)
Establishes a task force to officially examine the origins of dogs sold in CT pet shops, to convene this summer/fall, and provide recommendations for the January 2014 session. CVA is represented as a member of this task force. Legislation to ban the sale of commercially-bred cats and dogs in pet shops will then be re-introduced next year.
HB 6591 (Public Act No. 13-236, effective from passage)
Requires that euthanasia of any cat or dog must be performed by a licensed veterinarian.
HB 6311 (Public Act 13-103, effective October 1, 2013)
Prohibits municipalities from enacting breed-specific dog ordinances.
HB 6329 (Public Act 13-273, effective July 1, 2013)
Allows students to opt out of observing or participating in the dissection of an animal in school.
Would have laid the foundations for a bear hunting season in Connecticut
Would have permitted hunting on Sundays.