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General Assembly

 

Proposed Bill No. 5493

 

January Session, 2009

 

LCO No. 1771

   

Referred to Committee on Environment

 

Introduced by:

 

REP. CAFERO, 142nd Dist.

 

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A DOG AND CAT LEMON LAW.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

That title 22 of the general statutes be amended to establish a schedule of fines to be levied by agents of the Commissioner of Agriculture where a kennel used for breeding purposes or a pet shop is maintained in an unsanitary, inhumane or otherwise unsatisfactory manner and to provide for reimbursement of veterinary costs, up to twice the animal's purchase price, incurred by the purchaser of a dog or cat from a breeding kennel or pet shop where such dog or cat has any disease, illness or other injury of a congenital or hereditary nature or that was in existence at the time of purchase and to require breeding kennels and pet shops to clearly display such reimbursement policy and advise each purchaser of the seller's obligations.

Statement of Purpose:

To ensure that dogs and cats sold in Connecticut are healthy and that purchasers of such dogs and cats are adequately protected in the event of a dog or cat's disease, illness or other injury of a congenital or hereditary nature in existence at the time of purchase.