AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF BREED OF DOG AS AN UNDERWRITING FACTOR FOR HOMEOWNERS AND TENANTS INSURANCE POLICIES.
AN ACT CONCERNING THE LICENSING OF DOGS.
AN ACT CONCERNING THE AUTHORITY OF ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS IN COMMON INTEREST COMMUNITIES.
As of 03/29/2016 this bill has already passed Two committees and is on its way to the House Committee.
What this means for ACOs:
All common interest communities ie: all condo property and private communities will NO LONGER BE PRIVATE PROPERTY under animal control statutes.
It will change the following statutes:
22-332d(a), 22-339d(a), 22-357, 22-358, 22-364(a), 22-364a and 22-364b
The supporters of this bill claim that Animal Control Officers have NO jurisdiction in common interest communities. As an ACO you know that you have full jurisdiction under all statutes Except 22-364(a) if the dog lives on the property. You are able to enforce All other statutes in common interest communities.
The impact to municipalities is significant. If your town has an ordinance in regards to picking up roaming cats you will now have to Impound All roaming cats in those communities which will increase your intake of cats tremendously. It will also Require OFF PROPERTY Quarantines for ALL animals biting that reside in common interest communities, even if the bite occurred inside the owner’s home. Owners will not be able to abide by a quarantine order to keep that animal on property when outside their doorstep is no longer private property it will be considered public property if this bill passes.
In 1975, the Connecticut Attorney General issued an opinion in which he concluded that animal control officers have no authority regarding a dog of a condominium unit owner that is roaming loose on the common elements because the unit owner shares an ownership interest in the common elements.
Common interest communities are private property they already have rules and regulations about roaming animals and residents pay fees for those rules. Associations keep their violation fees too low or don’t enforce their rules; now wanting ACO’s to enforce them.
CMACOA urges you to contact your state representatives about killing this bill before it makes it through the House floor. I have attached a link to the bill along with the analysis for your reference.
If you have any questions you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-635-2256 x29. Or contact any of the other committee members.
Cheryl L. Gagnon
Vice President CMACOA
AN ACT CONCERNING SUPPORT FOR ANIMALS THAT ARE NEGLECTED OR TREATED CRUELLY.
AN ACT CONCERNING DAMAGES FOR THE UNLAWFUL KILLING OR INJURING OF A COMPANION ANIMAL AND REQUIRING A REPORT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE CONCERNING THE TETHERING OF DOGS.