2023 Legislative Hearing Priorities
Written Testimony Due: Monday, February 27, 2023
Mar 1 Judiciary Public Hearing
Expanding Desmond's Law to Include All Animals
SB 1060 – An Act Concerning the Appointment of an Advocate in Proceedings Concerning the Welfare or Custody of Animals would expand “Desmond’s Law” to include not just dogs and cats but all animals. The measure would allow a court advocate to be appointed in cases of animal abuse and cruelty.
Strengthening Animal Sexual Abuse Laws
HB 6714 - Cruelty to Animals (this bill has three parts: expanded definition of sexual assault of animals, required possession ban on people convicted of animal cruelty, and mandatory veterinary reporting of cruelty to animals).
CT Laws Pertaining to Animal Cruelty
Substitute House Bill No. 5344 | Public Act No. 16-30
AN ACT CONCERNING SUPPORT FOR CATS AND DOGS THAT
ARE NEGLECTED OR TREATED CRUELLY.
Connecticut law prohibits many abusive behaviors toward
animals and provides different penalties based on the
severity of the abuse and the abuser's intent.
Michigan State University College of Law. Animal Legal and Historical Center.
Connecticut State Department of Children and Families Social Workers (DCF)must report suspected animal abuse/neglect to the Department of Agriculture (DOA), and the DOA also reports instances of suspected child abuse/neglect to DCF. DCF also submits annual reports since 2015 to the legislature summarizing the cross-reporting of the previous year.
Governmental / Judicial Links
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Desmond’s Law Advocates
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Report Suspected Animal Abuse
Click here to fill out the online Suspected Animal Abuse Form.
Full page – Hot Car Flyer with Good Samaritan Law – print double-sided
2 per page – Hot Car Flyer with Good Samaritan Law – print double-sided