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File No. 79

    February Session, 2018

Substitute House Bill No. 5362

House of Representatives, March 28, 2018

The Committee on Environment reported through REP. DEMICCO of the 21st Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGISTRATION AND INSPECTION OF MUNICIPAL POUNDS AND SHELTERS.

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

Section 1. Subsection (f) of section 22-344 of the 2018 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2020):

(f) No person shall operate or maintain an animal shelter until he or she registers such animal shelter with the commissioner to operate and maintain such animal shelter under such regulations as the commissioner provides as to sanitation, disease and humane treatment of dogs or cats and the protection of the public safety. Upon written application and payment of a fee of fifty dollars to offset administrative costs of such registrations, the commissioner shall issue such registration to be effective until the second December thirty-first following issuance provided the commissioner finds (A) that such regulations have been complied with, and (B) in the case of each initial application for such registration, that the zoning enforcement official of the municipality wherein such animal shelter is to be operated or maintained has certified that the animal shelter conforms to the municipal zoning regulations. Such registration shall be renewed biennially, not later than December thirty-first, in accordance with the provisions of this section, and may be transferred by the registrant to another premises upon approval of the commissioner. For purposes of this subsection, "animal shelter" means any: [private] (1) Private entity that operates a building or facility that is used solely to house homeless animals for the purpose of rescue or adoption and that is not operated within a private residence, or (2) municipal pound or shelter.

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

Section 1

October 1, 2020

22-344(f)

ENV

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 19 $

FY 20 $

Department of Agriculture

GF - Revenue Gain

Less than 10,000

Less than 2,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 19 $

FY 20 $

Various Municipalities

STATE MANDATE - Cost

7,100

Potential Minimal

Explanation

The bill requires municipal animal pounds or shelters to register with the Department of Agriculture (DoAg) by paying a $50 fee. Remittance of the $50 fee by 142 municipal pounds or shelters would result in a revenue gain of $7,100 to DoAg and a corresponding cost of $7,100 to municipalities, in aggregate, in FY 19.1

Additionally, the bill may result in a minimal revenue gain to DoAg since anyone operating a shelter without a registration is subject to a fine of up to $200. Any revenue gain to DoAg associated with fines is anticipated to be less than $2,000 annually.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the number of violations that occur.

OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5362

AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGISTRATION AND INSPECTION OF MUNICIPAL POUNDS AND SHELTERS.

SUMMARY

This bill requires a municipal animal shelter or pound to register with the Department of Agriculture (DoAg) commissioner and comply with DoAg regulations on sanitation, disease, humane treatment of cats and dogs, and public safety. Existing law requires this of private animal shelters. Under current law, an “animal shelter” is a building or facility that is not a private residence that is used solely to house homeless animals for rescue or adoption, operated by a private entity. The bill expands this definition to include a municipal animal shelter or pound.

In doing so, the bill requires DoAg to issue a registration to a municipal shelter or pound upon application and payment of a $50 fee if the shelter or pound complies with applicable state regulations and, for an initial registration, municipal zoning requirements. A registration lasts until the second December 31 following issuance, is renewable biennially by that date, and may be transferred to another premises with the commissioner's approval.

By law, the commissioner or his agent may inspect an animal shelter at any time (CGS 22-344(g)). If, in his judgment, it is not being maintained in a sanitary and humane manner that protects public safety or if he finds that contagious, infectious, or communicable disease or other unsatisfactory conditions exist, he may (1) fine the shelter up to $500 for each affected animal, (2) order that the conditions be corrected, and (3) quarantine the premises and animals.

Additionally, the commissioner may revoke or suspend the registration of an animal shelter that fails to comply with his regulations or orders or any state law relating to animals. Anyone aggrieved by a commissioner's order may appeal to the Superior Court. Anyone operating a shelter without a valid registration is subject to a fine of up to $200.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2020

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

25

Nay

4

(03/14/2018)

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1 1No fiscal impact for FY 20 is anticipated since registration is effective until the second December 31 following issuance.