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Substitute Bill No. 6591

    January Session, 2013

 

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AN ACT REQUIRING THE EUTHANIZATION OF ANY CAT OR DOG TO BE PERFORMED BY A LICENSED VETERINARIAN.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, whenever any cat or dog is euthanized, such euthanization shall be performed in a humane manner by a licensed veterinarian, provided nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the euthanization of any cat or dog while such cat or dog is attacking a person or another animal under circumstances where a reasonable person would consider such attack life-threatening to a person or another animal or likely to cause serious physical injury to a person or another animal. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to apply to the euthanization of any farm animal or livestock or to the euthanization of any cat or dog by any law enforcement officer in the course of his or her duties.

(b) Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

(c) It shall be a defense to prosecution under this section that such person euthanized such cat or dog with a life-threatening injury in order to prevent such cat's or dog's further suffering.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

New section

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Joint Favorable Subst.