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State Pet Shop Laws: Connecticut

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Definitions:

  • Animal: any brute creature, including, but not limited to, dogs, cats, monkeys, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, birds and reptiles. (CONN. GEN. STAT. § 22-327)
  • Pet shop: any place at which animals not born and raised on the premises are kept for the purpose of sale to the public. (CONN. GEN. STAT. § 22-327)

Vet Care:

  • Licensed pet shops must have cats and dogs examined by vet before offering them for sale. Must have vet exams every 15 days until sold. Must maintain a record of vet services for each cat and dog. (Penalty: max. $500 per animal) (CONN. GEN. STAT. § 22-344b)
  • Cats or dogs imported into the state must have a health certificate. (CONN. GEN. STAT. § 22-354)

Housing:

  • N/A

Lemon Laws:

  • Pet shops must post a consumers’ notice on the cage of each dog offered for sale. The notice must state the source state of the dog and any vet treatment administered. [See the statute for specific language on the notice.] (Penalty: max $500 civil fine) (CONN. GEN. STAT. § 22-344d)
  • Lemon law that offers recourse to those who purchase sick or diseased animals from pet shops. [See CONN. GEN. STAT. § 22-344b for consumer remedies for the purchase of an ill or diseased animal.]

Food and Water:

  • N/A

Sanitary Conditions:

  • Pet shops must be “maintained in a sanitary and humane manner” and without “contagious, infectious or communicable disease or other unsatisfactory conditions.” (Penalty: potential license revocation or suspension) (CONN. GEN. STAT. § 22-344)

Unweaned Animals:

  • Prohibits anyone from selling kittens or puppies under 8 weeks. Prohibits importing into the state puppies or kittens under 8 weeks. Exception if transported with mother. (Penalty: max 30 days’ confinement and/or max $100 fine) (CONN. GEN. STAT. § 22-354)

Miscellaneous Provisions:

  • License required. (CONN. GEN. STAT. §§ 22-344, -344e)
  • Prohibits the sale of a turtle less than 4 inches (or with viable turtle eggs). Requires sellers of turtles (other than endangered, threatened, or special concern) to:

    • post a notice cautioning of salmonella
    • provide vet info re proper care and feeding of that turtle species to buyers, and
    • retain written confirmation that turtle was not taken from the wild
      (Penalty: max. $100 fine and license suspension) (CONN. GEN. STAT. § 19a-102a)
  • (If pet shops euthanize animals) pet shops that offer a warm-blooded animal for sale but do not sell the animal must use only lethal injection of sodium pent. administered under vet's supervision as the euthanasia method. (Penalty: license revocation) (CONN. GEN. STAT. § 22-344a)
  • Prohibits anyone from destroying animals using a high altitude device. (CONN. GEN. STAT. § 29-108h)

Notes:

  1. Where “adequate space” is not defined the state has not established a definition for the term.
  2. The definition of “animal” may actually be broadly written while the types of animals covered by the law (e.g., veterinary care, sanitation, food and water) may be more narrowly drafted.

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