Substitute Senate Bill No. 236
          Substitute Senate Bill No. 236

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-12


AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR AND TECHNICAL REVISIONS TO
PROGRAMS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section   1.  Section  22-6q  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)   There  is  established  the  Connecticut
Farmers'  Market/Senior  Nutrition  Program  which
shall  be provided for from funds available to the
commissioner and from other sources as such  funds
may  become  available.  The  program shall supply
Connecticut-grown   fresh   produce   to    senior
participants  through the distribution of vouchers
that are redeemable only at designated Connecticut
farmers'  markets. For purposes of this section, a
"senior participant" is defined as a person who is
sixty  years  of  age  or  older  and is currently
residing in elderly housing, or is  a  participant
of  a registered congregate meal site, or has been
identified by a municipal elderly agent  as  being
at  nutritional  risk.  The program is designed to
provide  both  a  supplemental  source  of   fresh
produce  for  the dietary needs of seniors who are
judged to be at nutritional risk and to  stimulate
an  increased demand for Connecticut-grown produce
at Connecticut farmers' markets.
    (b)  The  program shall be administered by the
Commissioner of Agriculture who shall maintain all
conditions for its operations.
    [(c)  The commissioner shall adopt regulations
not later than ninety days after July 1, 1994,  in
accordance  with  chapter  54,  to  implement  the
provisions of this section.]
    Sec.   2.   Section   22-48a  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    [(a)]   Each   person,   firm  or  corporation
operating an  egg-grading  plant  in  Connecticut,
which  engages  in receiving eggs from Connecticut
producers for processing,  distribution  or  sale,
shall    register   with   the   Commissioner   of
Agriculture in a manner and  on  forms  prescribed
and    furnished   by   the   commissioner.   Such
registration shall be renewed annually during  the
month  of October. Such registered person, firm or
corporation shall not receive eggs for  processing
without  a  permit  from  the  commissioner.  Each
person, firm or corporation  so  registered  shall
keep  on  file  a list of all producers from which
eggs are received.
    [(b)  The  Commissioner  of  Agriculture shall
inspect regularly such egg-grading plants for  the
purposes  of  insuring the accuracy of grading for
weight  and  quality   of   eggs   received   from
producers.
    (c)  The  commissioner  shall  promulgate such
regulations as he deems necessary to carry out the
provisions  of  this  section  and  shall have the
authority  to  suspend  or  revoke  a  permit  for
violation of such regulations.]
    Sec.   3.   Section   22-327  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    As used in this chapter:
    (1)   "Animal"   means   any  brute  creature,
including,  but  not  limited  to,   dogs,   cats,
monkeys, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, birds and
reptiles;
    (2)  "Chief  [Canine] ANIMAL Control Officer",
Assistant Chief [Canine] ANIMAL  Control  Officer"
and  ["canine  control  officer"]  "ANIMAL CONTROL
OFFICER"    mean,    respectively,    the    Chief
[Connecticut Canine] STATE ANIMAL Control Officer,
the Assistant  Chief  [Connecticut  Canine]  STATE
ANIMAL  Control Officer and a [Connecticut canine]
STATE  ANIMAL  control  officer  appointed   under
section 22-328, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT;
    (3)   "Commercial   kennel"   means  a  kennel
maintained for boarding or grooming dogs or  cats,
and   includes,   but   is  not  limited  to,  any
veterinary hospital which boards or grooms dogs or
cats for nonmedical purposes;
    (4)  "Commissioner"  means the Commissioner of
Agriculture;
    (5)   "Grooming  facility"  means  any  place,
other  than  a   commercial   kennel,   which   is
maintained as a business where dogs are groomed;
    (6)  "Keeper" means any person, other than the
owner, harboring or having in his  possession  any
dog;
    (7)  "Kennel"  means one pack or collection of
dogs which are  kept  under  one  ownership  at  a
single  location  and  are bred for show, sport or
sale;
    (8)  "Municipal  animal control officer" means
any such officer appointed under the provisions of
section 22-331;
    (9)  "Pet  shop"  means  any  place  at  which
animals not born and raised on  the  premises  are
kept for the purpose of sale to the public;
    (10)  "Poultry"  means  all  domestic fowl and
any  pheasants  or  other  game   birds   securely
confined  and  lawfully owned and possessed by any
person under the provisions of section 26-40;
    (11)  "Regional  animal  control  officer" and
"assistant regional animal control officer"  means
a  regional Connecticut animal control officer and
an assistant regional Connecticut  animal  control
officer  appointed under the provisions of section
22-331a;
    (12)  "Training  facility"  means  any  place,
other  than  a  commercial  kennel   or   grooming
facility,  which is maintained as a business where
dogs are trained.
    Sec.  4.  Subsection  (b) of section 22-328 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b)   The   commissioner   shall  appoint,  as
provided by chapter 67: (1) A  Chief  [Connecticut
Canine]  STATE  ANIMAL  Control  Officer;  (2)  an
Assistant Chief [Connecticut Canine] STATE  ANIMAL
Control  Officer, who shall perform all the duties
of the Chief  [Connecticut  Canine]  STATE  ANIMAL
Control  Officer  in  such  officer's  absence  or
inability, or at such officer's direction; and (3)
not  more  than  twelve [Connecticut canine] STATE
ANIMAL  control  officers  and  as  many  regional
[Connecticut]    animal   control   officers   and
assistants as may be deemed necessary  to  insure,
subject   to  the  commissioner's  direction,  the
enforcement of the provisions of this chapter  and
chapters  436  and  436a  and  the  enforcement of
regulations  adopted  by  the  commissioner.   The
expenses  incurred  in  the administration of this
chapter and chapters 436 and 436a  shall  be  paid
from  dog  funds  in  the  custody  of  the  State
Treasurer  which  have  been  received  from   the
several  municipalities  and from the commissioner
FOR THE SAME  FISCAL  YEAR  AS  THE  EXPENSES  ARE
INCURRED.
    Sec.   5.   Section   22-329  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  commissioner,  the  Chief [Canine] ANIMAL
Control  Officer,  any  [canine]  ANIMAL   control
officer,  any  municipal animal control officer or
any  law  enforcement  officer  may  interfere  to
prevent  any  act of cruelty upon any dog or other
animal, and any  person  who  interferes  with  or
obstructs  or resists the commissioner or any such
officer in the discharge of  such  duty  shall  be
fined  not  more  than fifty dollars or imprisoned
not more than thirty days.
    Sec.  6.  Subsection (a) of section 22-329a of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)   The   Chief   [Canine]   ANIMAL  Control
Officer, any [canine] ANIMAL  control  officer  or
any  municipal  or regional animal control officer
may lawfully  take  charge  of  any  animal  found
neglected  or  cruelly  treated,  in  violation of
sections 22-366,  22-415  and  53-247  to  53-252,
inclusive, and shall thereupon proceed as provided
in subsection (b) of this section, except that if,
in  the  opinion  of a licensed veterinarian, such
animal is so injured or diseased that it should be
destroyed  immediately,  such officer may humanely
destroy  or  cause  such  animal  to  be  humanely
destroyed.
    Sec.   7.   Section   22-330  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  commissioner,  the  Chief [Canine] ANIMAL
Control Officer and any  [canine]  ANIMAL  control
officer  in  any  part  of the state, any regional
animal control officer in the territory  to  which
he  is  assigned  and any municipal animal control
officer in the municipality for which he has  been
appointed  may  arrest  any person and may issue a
written  complaint  and  summons  in   furtherance
thereof  for  any violation of any law relating to
dogs or to any domestic animal in the same  manner
sheriffs,   police   officers  or  constables  may
exercise in their respective jurisdictions.
    Sec.  8.  Subsection  (a) of section 22-332 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)   The   Chief   [Canine]   ANIMAL  Control
Officer, any [canine] ANIMAL  control  officer  or
any  municipal  animal  control  officer  shall be
responsible for the enforcement  of  this  chapter
and shall make diligent search and inquiry for any
violation of  any  of  its  provisions.  Any  such
officer  may  take  into custody (1) any dog found
roaming in violation of the provisions of  section
22-364, (2) any dog not having a tag or plate on a
collar about its neck or on a harness on its  body
as  provided  by  law  or which is not confined or
controlled in accordance with  the  provisions  of
any  order or regulation relating to rabies issued
by  the  commissioner  in  accordance   with   the
provisions  of  this chapter, or (3) any dog found
injured on any highway,  neglected,  abandoned  or
cruelly  treated.  The  officer shall impound such
dog at the pound serving the town where the dog is
taken   unless,  in  the  opinion  of  a  licensed
veterinarian, the dog is so  injured  or  diseased
that  it should be destroyed immediately, in which
case the municipal animal control officer of  such
town  may cause the dog to be mercifully killed by
a licensed veterinarian  or  disposed  of  as  the
State   Veterinarian  may  direct.  The  municipal
animal control officer  shall  immediately  notify
the owner or keeper of any dog so taken, if known,
of its impoundment. Such officer shall immediately
notify  the  owner  or  keeper of any other animal
which is taken into  custody,  if  such  owner  or
keeper  is  known.  If  the owner or keeper of any
such dog or other animal is unknown,  the  officer
shall   immediately   tag  or  employ  such  other
suitable means of identification  of  the  dog  or
other  animal  as  may  be  approved  by the Chief
[Canine] ANIMAL Control Officer and shall promptly
cause a description of such dog or other animal to
be published once in the lost and found column  of
a newspaper having a circulation in such town.
    Sec.  9.  Subsection (b) of section 22-332a of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b)  No  [canine]  ANIMAL  control  officer or
municipal animal control officer shall sell,  give
or  transfer  any  unclaimed, impounded dog to any
animal dealer,  whether  or  not  such  dealer  is
licensed   by  the  United  States  Department  of
Agriculture.
    Sec.  10. Subsection (a) of section 22-332d of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)   Any   animal   control   officer  for  a
municipality which has adopted an ordinance  under
subsection  (b)  of  section 22-339d may take into
custody any cat  found  to  be  damaging  property
other  than  property  of  its  owner or keeper or
causing an unsanitary, dangerous  or  unreasonably
offensive   condition   unless  such  cat  can  be
identified as under the care of  its  owner  or  a
registered keeper of feral cats. The officer shall
impound such cat at the  pound  serving  the  town
where the cat is taken unless, in the opinion of a
licensed veterinarian, the cat is  so  injured  or
diseased  that it should be destroyed immediately,
in which case the municipal animal control officer
of  such  town  may cause the cat to be mercifully
killed by a licensed veterinarian or  disposed  of
as   the   State   Veterinarian  may  direct.  The
municipal animal control officer shall immediately
notify the owner or keeper of any cat so taken, if
known, of its impoundment. If the owner or  keeper
of  any  such  cat  is  unknown, the officer shall
immediately tag  or  employ  such  other  suitable
means  of  identification  of  the  cat  as may be
approved by  the  Chief  [Canine]  ANIMAL  Control
Officer  and shall promptly cause a description of
such cat to be published  once  in  the  lost  and
found  column  of a newspaper having a circulation
in such town.
    Sec.   11.   Section  22-333  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Any   dog  captured  or  impounded  under  the
provisions of this chapter shall  be  redeemed  by
the  owner or keeper thereof, or the agent of such
owner or keeper, upon proper  identification,  and
presentation   to  the  municipal  animal  control
officer of a license and tag  for  such  dog,  and
upon  the  payment  by such owner or keeper or his
agent of (1) the redemption fee established by the
municipality,   which  shall  not  exceed  fifteen
dollars, and (2) the cost of advertising  incurred
under the provisions of section 22-332, AS AMENDED
BY THIS ACT; provided  no  dog  seized  for  doing
damage  under  the  provisions  of  section 22-355
shall be released except upon written order of the
commissioner,  the  Chief  [Canine] ANIMAL Control
Officer or [a canine] AN ANIMAL  control  officer.
When the owner or keeper of any such impounded dog
fails to redeem such dog within twenty-four  hours
after  receiving  notification to do so, or, where
the owner was unknown,  within  twenty-four  hours
after   notification  was  effected  by  means  of
publication in a newspaper, such owner  or  keeper
shall  pay, in addition to such redemption fee and
the cost of advertising, the amount determined  by
the  municipality to be the full cost of detention
and care of such impounded dog. In  addition,  any
owner  or  keeper  of  any  such impounded dog who
fails to redeem such dog within  one  hundred  and
twenty hours after receiving notification to do so
shall   have   committed   an   infraction.    The
legislative body of the municipality shall set any
fees  imposed  by  the  municipality  under   this
section.
    Sec.   12.  Section  22-339c  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  A certificate of rabies vaccination shall
be  (1)  a  Form  50  approved  by  the   National
Association  of  Public  Health Veterinarians, (2)
any form approved by the State Veterinarian or (3)
any   form  that  has  the  following  information
regarding the vaccinated animal: (A) The name  and
address  of  its  owner;  (B) a description of the
animal which specifies its  species,  breed,  age,
color  or  markings  and  sex; (C) the date of the
vaccination, the duration of the immunity provided
by  the  vaccination,  the producer of the vaccine
and the vaccine serial number; (D) the rabies  tag
number and (E) the signature and license number of
the veterinarian  administering  the  vaccination.
Such  certificate  shall  be the official proof of
rabies vaccination submitted to a  town  clerk  in
accordance  with  the provisions of section 22-338
or 22-339a.
    (b)  The owner or keeper of a dog or cat shall
keep a certificate, or copy thereof, stating  that
such dog or cat has been vaccinated against rabies
and shall make such certificate or copy  available
to  any  [canine] ANIMAL control officer, regional
animal control officer or municipal animal control
officer of any municipality for inspection.
    (c)  An antirabies clinic, upon request of any
municipal  animal  control  officer  or   [canine]
ANIMAL  control  officer,  shall  submit  to  such
officer a copy of  any  such  certificate  issued.
Such  copy  shall be used by the officer to search
for  unlicensed  dogs  in  accordance   with   the
provisions of section 22-349.
    Sec.  13.  Subsection (b) of section 22-342 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b)   The  commissioner,  the  Chief  [Canine]
ANIMAL Control  Officer  or  any  [canine]  ANIMAL
control officer may at any time inspect any kennel
or cause  it  to  be  inspected  by  a  registered
veterinarian appointed by the commissioner. If, in
the judgment of the commissioner, such  kennel  is
not  being  maintained  in  a  sanitary and humane
manner  or  if   the   commissioner   finds   that
communicable   or   infectious  disease  or  other
unsatisfactory conditions exist in the kennel,  he
may  issue  such  orders as he deems necessary for
the  correction  of  such   conditions   and   may
quarantine  the premises and animals. If the owner
or keeper of such kennel fails to comply with such
orders,  the  commissioner shall revoke or suspend
the kennel license of such owner or keeper.
    Sec.  14. Subsection (b) of section 22-344c of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b)   The  Commissioner  of  Agriculture,  the
Chief  [Canine]  ANIMAL  Control  Officer  or  any
[canine]  ANIMAL  control  officer may at any time
inspect or cause to  be  inspected  any  location,
required  by a town to be licensed, keeping ten or
more  unneutered  or  unspayed  dogs  capable   of
breeding,  by  a registered veterinarian appointed
by the commissioner and if, in the judgment of the
commissioner,   such   location   is   not   being
maintained in a sanitary and humane manner  or  if
he  finds  that communicable or infectious disease
or other unsatisfactory conditions exist,  he  may
issue  such  orders  as he deems necessary for the
correction of such conditions and  may  quarantine
the  premises  and animals. If the owner or keeper
of such location fails to comply with such orders,
the  commissioner  may recommend the revocation or
suspension of  such  license  to  the  town  which
issued such license.
    Sec.   15.   Section  22-358  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Any  owner  or  the agent of any owner of
any domestic  animal  or  poultry,  or  the  Chief
[Canine]  ANIMAL  Control  Officer or any [canine]
ANIMAL control officer  or  any  municipal  animal
control  officer,  regional animal control officer
or any police officer or state policeman, may kill
any dog which he observes pursuing or worrying any
such domestic animal or poultry.
    (b)  Any  person  who  is bitten, or who shows
visible evidence of attack by a dog, cat or  other
animal  when  such person is not upon the premises
of the owner or keeper of such dog, cat  or  other
animal  may  kill  such  dog,  cat or other animal
during  such  attack.  Such  person   shall   make
complaint  concerning  the  circumstances  of  the
attack  to  the  Chief  [Canine]  ANIMAL   Control
Officer,  any  [canine]  ANIMAL control officer or
the municipal animal control officer  or  regional
animal  control  officer  of the town wherein such
dog, cat or other animal is  owned  or  kept.  Any
such  officer to whom such complaint is made shall
immediately  make   an   investigation   of   such
complaint.
    (c)   If   such   officer   finds   that   the
complainant has been bitten or  attacked  by  such
dog,  cat or other animal when the complainant was
not upon the premises of the owner  or  keeper  of
such  dog,  cat  or other animal the officer shall
quarantine such dog, cat  or  other  animal  in  a
public  pound  or  order  the  owner  or keeper to
quarantine it in a veterinary hospital, kennel  or
other   building  or  enclosure  approved  by  the
commissioner for such purpose. When any  dog,  cat
or  other  animal  has  bitten  a  person  on  the
premises of the owner or keeper of such  dog,  cat
or other animal, the Chief [Canine] ANIMAL Control
Officer, any [canine] ANIMAL control officer,  any
municipal   animal  control  officer  or  regional
animal control officer may  quarantine  such  dog,
cat  or  other animal on the premises of the owner
or keeper of such dog, cat or  other  animal.  The
commissioner,  the  Chief  [Canine] ANIMAL Control
Officer, any [canine] ANIMAL control officer,  any
municipal  animal  control officer or any regional
animal  control  officer  may   make   any   order
concerning the restraint or disposal of any biting
dog, cat or other animal as  he  deems  necessary.
Notice  of  any  such  order shall be given to the
person bitten by such dog,  cat  or  other  animal
within twenty-four hours. The owner shall pay five
dollars per day for the board of any such dog, cat
or  other  animal  while  it  is  quarantined in a
public pound in addition to any other  legal  fees
that  may  be  due.  On the fourteenth day of such
quarantine the dog, cat or other animal  shall  be
examined by the commissioner or someone designated
by him to determine whether such quarantine  shall
be  continued  or removed. Whenever any quarantine
is ordered under the provisions of  this  section,
notice  thereof shall be given to the commissioner
and to the person bitten or attacked by such  dog,
cat  or other animal within twenty-four hours. Any
owner or keeper of such dog, cat or  other  animal
who fails to comply with such order shall be fined
not more than twenty-five  dollars  or  imprisoned
not  more than thirty days or both. If an owner or
keeper  fails  to  comply  with  a  quarantine  or
restraining    order   made   pursuant   to   this
subsection,  the  Chief  [Canine]  ANIMAL  Control
Officer,  any [canine] ANIMAL control officer, any
municipal  animal  control  officer  or   regional
animal  control  officer may seize the dog, cat or
other animal to insure  such  compliance  and  the
owner  or  keeper  shall  be  responsible  for any
expenses resulting from such seizure.  Any  person
aggrieved  by  an  order  of  any municipal animal
control officer, the Chief [Canine] ANIMAL Control
Officer,  any  [canine]  ANIMAL control officer or
any regional animal control officer may request  a
hearing  before  the  commissioner within fourteen
days of the issuance of  such  order.  After  such
hearing,  the  commissioner  may affirm, modify or
revoke such order as  he  deems  proper.  Any  dog
owned  by  a  police agency of the state or any of
its political  subdivisions  is  exempt  from  the
provisions  of  this  subsection  when such dog is
under the direct supervision, care and control  of
an  assigned  police  officer, has been vaccinated
annually and  is  subject  to  routine  veterinary
care.
    (d)   Any  dog,  while  actually  worrying  or
pursuing deer, may be killed by the Chief [Canine]
ANIMAL  Control  Officer  or  [a canine] AN ANIMAL
control officer or by a  conservation  officer  or
special  conservation  officer  appointed  by  the
Commissioner of Environmental  Protection,  or  by
any  police  officer or state policeman. The owner
or keeper of any dog found worrying or pursuing  a
deer  shall  be  fined  not  less than twenty-five
dollars nor  more  than  two  hundred  dollars  or
imprisoned not more than sixty days or both.
    (e)  Any  person  who  kills  any  dog, cat or
other animal in accordance with the provisions  of
this  section  shall  not  be  held  criminally or
civilly liable therefor.
    (f)  The owner of any dog, cat or other animal
which has bitten or attacked a person and has been
quarantined  pursuant  to  subsection  (c) of this
section may authorize the humane euthanization  of
such  dog,  cat  or  other  animal  by  a licensed
veterinarian at any time before  the  end  of  the
fourteenth  day  of such quarantine. Any such dog,
cat or other animal so euthanized before  the  end
of  the  fourteenth  day  of  quarantine  shall be
examined for rabies by the Connecticut  Department
of  Public Health virology laboratory or any other
laboratory authorized by the Department of  Public
Health   to   perform   rabies  examinations.  The
veterinarian performing the  euthanasia  shall  be
responsible  for  ensuring  that  the  head of the
euthanized animal  is  delivered  by  him  or  his
designated  agent  within  forty-eight hours to an
appropriate   laboratory   designated   by    said
department for rabies examination.
    Sec.   16.   Section  22-359  of  the  general
statutes, as amended by section 2  of  public  act
97-187,   is   repealed   and   the  following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  The commissioner may make such orders for
the adequate confinement, control  or  destruction
of  any  dog,  cat  or  other  animal  as he deems
necessary to prevent the spread of rabies  and  to
protect    the    public    therefrom    provided,
notwithstanding the provisions of section  22-358,
AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, a local director of health
may order the destruction of  any  unowned  animal
which  is  not currently vaccinated for rabies for
the purpose of  rabies  testing  if  the  director
finds  that the animal has bitten a person and the
health or life of such person may  be  threatened.
Any person who fails to comply with any order made
under the provisions  of  this  section  shall  be
fined  not  more  than  one  hundred  dollars. The
commissioner, the Chief  [Canine]  ANIMAL  Control
Officer,  any  [canine]  ANIMAL control officer or
any   municipal   animal   control   officer   may
quarantine   any   animal   in   a  public  pound,
veterinary hospital, kennel or other  building  or
enclosure  approved  by  the commissioner for such
purpose,  if   in   the   determination   of   the
commissioner or such officer, such animal is rabid
or is suspected of being rabid, or has been bitten
by,  or  may  have  been bitten by, or has been in
contact with or exposed to, a rabid animal  or  an
animal  suspected  of  carrying rabies or any wild
animal  as  defined  in  subsection  (d)  of  this
section.  The  length  of  such  quarantine period
shall be determined by  the  commissioner  or  the
State Veterinarian who shall take into account the
age, general health and vaccination history of the
animal  as  well  as  current  accepted veterinary
practices. Any  suspected  or  confirmed  case  of
rabies  shall be reported to the commissioner by a
local director of health or board of health or any
veterinarian  within  twenty-four hours of receipt
of such information.
    (b)  Any  dog,  cat  or  other  animal held in
quarantine which is clinically diagnosed as  rabid
by  two  licensed  veterinarians,  at least one of
whom shall be engaged in private  practice,  shall
be  humanely  euthanized immediately without prior
notice to the owner or keeper of same.  No  person
who  kills  any  animal  in  accordance  with this
subsection shall be  held  criminally  or  civilly
liable therefor.
    (c)  Any  animal,  other  than a dog, which is
quarantined pursuant to this section which is  not
claimed  by  its owner or keeper within the period
of such quarantine may be sold  by  the  municipal
animal  control  officer,  if  he  finds  that the
animal is in good health. The animal may  only  be
sold  as  a  pet  to  a  person  who satisfies the
officer that the animal will be given a good  home
and  proper  care.  The  municipal  animal control
officer may retain possession of such  animal  for
such  additional  period  of  time  as he may deem
advisable in  order  to  place  such  animal.  Any
animal,  other  than  a  dog, which is quarantined
pursuant to this section which is not  claimed  by
its  owner  or  keeper  within  the period of such
quarantine and which is not sold by the  municipal
animal  control  officer  within  five days of the
expiration of such quarantine may be  disposed  of
at  the  direction  of  the State Veterinarian. No
person who disposes of any  animal  in  accordance
with  this  subsection shall be held criminally or
civilly liable therefor.
    (d)  The  commissioner, any [canine or] animal
control officer or any state or  municipal  police
officer may immediately kill any wild animal which
is   displaying   behavior   which   causes    the
commissioner   or   such   officer  to  reasonably
conclude that such animal is rabid.  For  purposes
of this subsection, "wild animal" means any mammal
which is ferae naturae or wild by nature.
    Sec.   17.   Section  22-365  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Any   person  who  obstructs  or  attempts  to
obstruct  the  commissioner,  the  Chief  [Canine]
ANIMAL   Control   Officer,  any  [canine]  ANIMAL
control officer or any  municipal  animal  control
officer  engaged  in  the  discharge  of  any duty
imposed by this chapter shall be  fined  not  more
than  one  hundred  dollars or imprisoned not more
than three months or both.
    Sec.   18.   Section  22-367  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Any  person owning, keeping or harboring a dog
or cat  or  maintaining  a  kennel  or  commercial
kennel  who violates any provision of this chapter
for the violation of which  no  other  penalty  is
provided,  or  any  regulation  legally  made  and
published for restraining or  destroying  dogs  or
cats,  shall  be  fined  not less than twenty-five
dollars nor more than fifty dollars or  imprisoned
not  more  than thirty days or both. No commercial
kennel shall board any dog or cat unless the owner
of  the  dog  or  cat  presents  a  certificate of
vaccination   as   required   by   this   chapter.
Constables,  municipal  animal  control  officers,
regional  animal  control  officers,   the   Chief
[Canine]  ANIMAL  Control  Officer,  the  [canine]
ANIMAL  control  officers,  and  all   prosecuting
officers   shall  diligently  inquire  after,  and
prosecute for, any violation of any  provision  of
this chapter, and the commissioner shall, upon the
complaint of  any  person  that  such  officer  is
dilatory  or  negligent  in the performance of his
duties concerning  the  enforcement  of  any  such
provision,  take such action as he deems necessary
to secure such enforcement.
    Sec.   19.   Section  22-413  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (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)  The  Commissioner  of  Agriculture shall
adopt regulations pursuant to chapter 54 to  carry
out the purposes of this section.]
    [(d)]  (c)  Any person violating any provision
of this section shall be fined not less  than  one
hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars
for each violation.
    Sec.   20.  Section  22-197b  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)   In   addition  to  the  requirements  of
[sections  22-135  and]   SECTION   22-197,   each
container  of milk or cream, yogurt, cream cheese,
cottage cheese, ricotta  cheese,  eggnog  or  sour
cream   sold   or   offered  for  retail  sale  to
consumers, on and after January 1, 1982, shall  be
clearly  marked  with  the last date on which such
item may be sold or offered for sale. If such milk
or  cream  was pasteurized at a temperature of two
hundred twelve degrees  Fahrenheit  or  less,  the
last  sale  date shall not exceed twelve days from
the  day  on  which  such  milk   or   cream   was
pasteurized  except  as provided in subsection (b)
of this section.
    (b)  The  Milk  Regulation  Board  shall adopt
regulations  in   accordance   with   chapter   54
establishing  a  uniform method of displaying such
date on such containers and a procedure which  the
Commissioner   of  Agriculture  shall  follow  for
approval of a last sale date for milk or cream  in
excess   of   twelve   days   for  milk  or  cream
pasteurized at a temperature of two hundred twelve
degrees  Fahrenheit or less. The regulations shall
include but  not  be  limited  to  procedures  for
verification  of  an  extended  last sale date and
review of the appropriateness of  such  date.  The
commissioner  may  authorize an extended last sale
date for milk or cream  upon  request  of  a  milk
processor.
    Sec.  21. Sections 22-37a, 22-135, 22-144a and
22-452 of the general statutes are repealed.
    Sec.  22.  This  act shall take effect July 1,
1998.

Approved April 24, 1998