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General Assembly

 

Committee Bill No. 6715

January Session, 2017

 

LCO No. 3267

 

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Referred to Committee on PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

 

Introduced by:

 

(PS)

 

AN ACT INCREASING THE PENALTIES FOR THE INTENTIONAL INJURY OR KILLING OF POLICE ANIMALS OR DOGS IN VOLUNTEER CANINE SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS.

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

Section 1. Subsections (d) and (e) of section 53-247 of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(d) Any person who intentionally injures any animal while such animal is in the performance of its duties under the supervision of a peace officer, as defined in section 53a-3, or intentionally injures a dog that is a member of a volunteer canine search and rescue team, as defined in section 5-249, while such dog is in the performance of its duties under the supervision of the active individual member of such team, shall be guilty of a class [D] C felony.

(e) Any person who intentionally kills any animal while such animal is in the performance of its duties under the supervision of a peace officer, as defined in section 53a-3, or intentionally kills a dog that is a member of a volunteer canine search and rescue team, as defined in section 5-249, while such dog is in the performance of its duties under the supervision of the active individual member of such team, shall be [fined not more than ten thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both] guilty of a class B felony.

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

Section 1

October 1, 2017

53-247(d) and (e)

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Joint Favorable C/R

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