CHAPTER 438a
HORSES

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Sec. 22-413. Health certification of equines. Penalty.
Sec. 22-414. Supervision of public equine auctions. Licenses. Fees. Penalty.
Sec. 22-415. Inhumane transportation of equines. Penalty. Regulations.

      Sec. 22-413. Health certification of equines. Penalty. (a) Any equine presented for public auction in this state shall have a health certificate issued by a veterinarian licensed pursuant to the provisions of chapter 384 and cosigned by the State Veterinarian. Such examination shall be obtained within ten days prior to the auction and shall be made at the expense of the owner.

      (b) Any equine presented for public auction in this state shall have a certificate indicating a negative reaction to a coggins test which shall be obtained within sixty days prior to such auction.

      (c) Any person violating any provision of this section shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars or more than five hundred dollars for each violation.

      (P.A. 75-583, S. 1, 2; P.A. 91-62, S. 1; P.A. 98-12, S. 19, 22; P.A. 07-217, S. 102.)

      History: P.A. 91-62 deleted requirement that the certificate specify health problems in the equine; P.A. 98-12 deleted former Subsec. (c) re adoption of regulations and redesignated remaining subsection accordingly, effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 07-217 made a technical change in Subsec. (c), effective July 12, 2007.

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      Sec. 22-414. Supervision of public equine auctions. Licenses. Fees. Penalty. The Commissioner of Agriculture shall supervise commission sales stables where equines are sold at public auctions. Any person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of selling equines at auctions shall annually apply to the commissioner for a license upon a form to be prescribed by the commissioner. The fee for a license to hold one public auction annually shall be fifteen dollars and the fee for a license to hold more than one public auction annually shall be fifty dollars. Each such license shall be issued for the period of one year from July first and may be revoked for cause. If, in the judgment of the commissioner, any provision of this section has been violated, the commissioner shall send notice by registered or certified mail to the licensee, who shall be given a hearing, and, if violation is proven, the licensee's license shall be revoked. All stables and sales rings shall be kept clean and shall be suitably disinfected prior to each sale. The provisions of this section shall not apply to the private sale of equines conducted by the owner thereof. Any person, or any officer or agent of any corporation, who violates any provision of this section or who obstructs or attempts to obstruct the Commissioner of Agriculture or the commissioner's deputy or any of the commissioner's assistants in the performance of the commissioner's duty shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars or more than five hundred dollars.

      (P.A. 75-589, S. 1, 3; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 146(e); P.A. 04-189, S. 1; P.A. 07-217, S. 103.)

      History: June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 replaced Commissioner of Agriculture with Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 04-189 repealed Sec. 146 of June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, thereby reversing the merger of the Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective June 1, 2004; P.A. 07-217 made technical changes, effective July 12, 2007.

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      Sec. 22-415. Inhumane transportation of equines. Penalty. Regulations. Any person who carries or causes to be carried or has the care of any equine in or attached to any vehicle or otherwise in an unnecessarily cruel or inhumane manner, or in a way and manner which might endanger the equine or knowingly and wilfully authorizes or permits such equine to be subjected to unnecessary torture, suffering or cruelty of any kind in the transporting of such equine, shall be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars or more than five hundred dollars. The Commissioner of Agriculture shall adopt regulations pursuant to chapter 54 pertaining to the transportation of equines upon the highways of Connecticut as deemed necessary to prevent the cruel or inhumane treatment of equines.

      (P.A. 75-589, S. 2, 3; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 146(e); P.A. 04-189, S. 1; P.A. 07-217, S. 104.)

      History: June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 replaced Commissioner of Agriculture with Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 04-189 repealed Sec. 146 of June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, thereby reversing the merger of the Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective June 1, 2004; P.A. 07-217 made a technical change, effective July 12, 2007.

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