Connecticut Bill Would Amend Cruelty Laws and Require Veterinarians to Report Suspected Animal Abuse

Connecticut House Bill 6714 would redefine the crime of sexual contact with an animal, require that veterinarians report suspected incidents of animal cruelty, and prohibit persons convicted of animal cruelty or having sexual contact with an animal from possessing or working with animals for a period of five years from the date of conviction or release from imprisonment. The bill has been referred to the Joint Committee on Judiciary.