OLR Bill Analysis
AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR THE INTENTIONAL INJURY OR KILLING OF POLICE ANIMALS OR DOGS IN VOLUNTEER CANINE SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS.
This bill increases the criminal penalty for intentionally injuring (1) an animal performing its duties under a peace officer's supervision or (2) a dog performing its duties as a member of a volunteer canine search and rescue team.
Under current law, intentionally (1) injuring such an animal is a class D felony, punishable by up to five years' imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000, or both, and (2) killing such an animal is an unclassified felony punishable by up to 10 years' imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.
The bill instead makes intentionally injuring or killing such an animal a class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years' imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2018
Joint Favorable Substitute