OLR BILL ANALYSIS

HB 5123

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PLACEMENT OF ANIMALS SEIZED IN ANIMAL CRUELTY CASES.

SUMMARY:

By law, a court may vest ownership of a neglected or cruelly treated animal in the agriculture commissioner, a municipality, or other specified entities or people. The commissioner or municipality may auction the animal, sell it through an open bidding process, or give it to certain people or rescue or adoption organizations.

This bill expands the circumstances under which the commissioner or municipality may vest ownership of the animal in a person or organization and extends the pool of possible recipients. It allows the commissioner or municipality to vest ownership of any seized animal in any person or nonprofit rescue or adoption organization. Under current law, the commissioner or municipality may vest ownership of only seized animals that need rehabilitative or special care in a person or a nonprofit animal rescue or adoption organization that annually places at least 10 animals as pets in private homes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2012

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

29

Nay

0

(03/14/2012)