Protecting Pets in Connecticut

Puppy Brady 

Generally, the law treats animals, including household pets, as personal property. There is little legal distinction between your family pet and your computer. 

Recognizing the increased value that our society places on pets and that some pets are subject to abuse, the legistlature enacted the following law: 

The court, in its discretion, may make such orders as it deems appropriate for the protection of any animal owned or kept by the applicant including, but not limited to, an order enjoining the respondent from injuring or threatening to injure such animal….C.G.S.A. § 46b-15

The first thing a pet owner should do if his or her pet is being abused is to call the police and report the abuse. This law also gives a pet owner the right to file for a civil restraining order to prevent further or future injury to the pet.

I think this is good news for pets and pet owners in Connecticut.

For this entry, I asked my dog Brady (pictured above as a puppy) her thoughts, and she looked at me and wagged her tail.

Ryan McKeen is a trial attorney at Connecticut Trial Firm, LLC in Glastonbury, Connecticut. In 2016, he was honored by the CT Personal Injury Hall of Fame for securing one of the highest settlements in the state. He is a New Leader in the Law. ABA 100. Avvo 10. 40 under 40 for Hartford Business Journal. He has been quoted in Time Magazine, the New York Times, Hartford Courant, Wall Street Journal Law Blog and the Hartford Business Journal. He focuses his practice on Connecticut Personal Injury law. He loves what he does. Contact him or 860 471 8333

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