Substitute House Bill No. 6517
          Substitute House Bill No. 6517

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-187


AN  ACT  CONCERNING  THE ANIMAL POPULATION CONTROL
PROGRAM.


    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1. Section  22-380f  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    No pound shall  sell or give away any unspayed
or unneutered dog or cat to any person unless such
pound  receives  forty-five   dollars,   of  which
[thirty-five]  TWENTY  dollars   may  be  refunded
pursuant to this  section,  from the person buying
or  adopting  such  dog  or  cat.  [provided  such
payment] A NONREFUNDABLE  PAYMENT  OF  TWENTY-FIVE
DOLLARS shall [not]  be  required for the purchase
or adoption of  any  [such] UNSPAYED OR UNNEUTERED
dog  or cat  by  a  bona  fide  animal  rescue  or
adoption organization or any representative of any
such organization. Funds received pursuant to this
section shall be  paid  monthly  by the pound into
the animal population  control account established
under section 22-380g.  At  the time of receipt of
such   payment,  the   pound   shall   provide   a
certificate to the  person buying or adopting such
dog or cat.  Such  certificate  shall be on a form
provided by the  commissioner. If such certificate
is returned to the commissioner within thirty days
of the adoption  or purchase of the dog or cat and
is signed by a licensed veterinarian, stating that
such dog or  cat  has  been spayed or neutered and
specifying the date  on  which  the  operation was
performed or that  such  dog  or  cat is medically
unfit for such  surgery,  the  commissioner  shall
refund [thirty-five] TWENTY  dollars to the person
who  purchased or  adopted  the  animal.  If  such
certificate is not  returned  to  the commissioner
because the person  who  purchased  or adopted the
dog or cat  failed  to have such dog or cat spayed
or  neutered,  the  payment  shall  be  considered
forfeited and shall  be  retained  in  the  animal
population control account established pursuant to
section 22-380g. In  the  case  of  any dog or cat
which is temporarily unfit for surgery or a dog or
cat under the  age of six months, such certificate
shall specify a  date by which such dog or cat may
be  fit  for  such  surgery  and  the  person  who
purchased or adopted  such  dog  or cat shall have
thirty  days  from   that   date   to  return  the
certificate for the  refund  provided  for in this
section.
    Sec. 2. Subsection  (a)  of  section 22-359 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The commissioner  may make such orders for
the adequate confinement,  control  or destruction
of any dog,  cat  or  other  animal  as  he  deems
necessary to prevent  the  spread of rabies and to
protect    the    public    therefrom    PROVIDED,
NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS  OF SECTION 22-358,
A  LOCAL  DIRECTOR   OF   HEALTH   MAY  ORDER  THE
DESTRUCTION OF ANY  UNOWNED  ANIMAL  WHICH  IS NOT
CURRENTLY VACCINATED FOR RABIES FOR THE PURPOSE OF
RABIES TESTING IF  THE  DIRECTOR  FINDS  THAT  THE
ANIMAL HAS BITTEN  A PERSON AND THE HEALTH OR LIFE
OF SUCH PERSON  MAY  BE THREATENED. Any person who
fails to comply  with  any  order  made  under the
provisions of this section shall be fined not more
than one hundred  dollars.  The  commissioner, the
chief canine control  officer,  any canine control
officer or any  municipal  animal  control officer
may  quarantine any  animal  in  a  public  pound,
veterinary hospital, kennel  or  other building or
enclosure approved by  the  commissioner  for such
purpose,   if  in   the   determination   of   the
commissioner or such officer, such animal is rabid
or is suspected of being rabid, or has been bitten
by, or may  have  been  bitten  by, or has been in
contact with or  exposed  to, a rabid animal or an
animal suspected of  carrying  rabies  or any wild
animal  as  defined  in  subsection  (d)  of  this
section.  The length  of  such  quarantine  period
shall be determined  by  the  commissioner  or the
state veterinarian who shall take into account the
age, general health and vaccination history of the
animal  as well  as  current  accepted  veterinary
practices.  Any suspected  or  confirmed  case  of
rabies shall be  reported to the commissioner by a
local director of health or board of health or any
veterinarian within twenty-four  hours  of receipt
of such information.
    Sec. 3. (NEW)  (a)  On and after the effective
date  of  the   regulations  adopted  pursuant  to
subsection (d) of  this  section, the Commissioner
of Motor Vehicles  shall  issue  animal population
control program commemorative  number  plates of a
design  to  enhance   public   awareness   of  pet
overpopulation and the  state's  effort to provide
for  the  low-cost   spaying   and   neutering  of
unsterilized dogs and  cats adopted from municipal
pounds.  Said  design   shall   be  determined  by
agreement between the  Commissioner of Agriculture
and the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. No use may
be made of  such  plates  except as official motor
vehicle registration marker plates.
    (b) The Commissioner  of  Motor Vehicles shall
adopt   regulations,  in   accordance   with   the
provisions of chapter  54 of the general statutes,
which provide for  a one-time fee of fifty dollars
to  be  charged   for  animal  population  control
program commemorative number plates in addition to
the  regular  fee   or  fees  prescribed  for  the
registration of a  motor  vehicle. Fifteen dollars
of such one-time  fee  shall  be  deposited  in an
account  controlled by  the  Department  of  Motor
Vehicles to be  used  for  administrative costs of
carrying out the  provisions  of  this subsection.
Such number plates  shall have letters and numbers
selected by the  Commissioner  of  Motor Vehicles.
The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may establish a
higher  fee for:  (1)  Such  number  plates  which
contain letters in  place of numbers as authorized
by  section 14-49  of  the  general  statutes,  in
addition to the  fee or fees prescribed for plates
issued under said  section;  and  (2)  such number
plates which are  low number plates, in accordance
with section 14-160  of  the  general statutes, in
addition to the  fee or fees prescribed for plates
issued under said section.
    (c)  The  biennial   renewal   fee   for   the
registration certificate of  a  motor  vehicle for
which  an  animal   population   control   program
commemorative number plate  has  been issued shall
include, in each  renewal  year  subsequent to the
year of issuance,  an  animal  population  control
program  commemorative number  plate  fee  in  the
amount of fifteen  dollars,  of which five dollars
shall be allocated for administrative costs to the
Department of Motor  Vehicles,  which  shall be in
addition  to  the  fee  for  the  renewal  of  the
registration  certificate. No  additional  renewal
fee shall be  charged  for renewal of registration
for any motor  vehicle  bearing  animal population
control program commemorative  number plates which
contain letters in place of numbers, or low number
plates, in excess  of  the  renewal fee for animal
population  control program  commemorative  number
plates with letters  and  numbers  selected by the
Commissioner of Motor  Vehicles. No additional fee
shall  be charged  for  transfer  of  an  existing
registration to or from a registration with animal
population  control program  commemorative  number
plates.
    (d) The Commissioner  of  Motor  Vehicles,  in
consultation with the Commissioner of Agriculture,
shall adopt regulations,  in  accordance  with the
provisions of chapter  54 of the general statutes,
to establish procedures  for the issuance, renewal
and  replacement  of   animal  population  control
program commemorative number plates.
    (e) The Commissioner  of  Motor Vehicles shall
notify eligible motorists  of  the  opportunity to
obtain   animal   population    control    program
commemorative number plates  by including a notice
with all motor  vehicle  registration renewals and
by posting appropriate  posters  or  signs  in all
division  facilities  and  offices.  The  notices,
posters  and  signs   shall  be  designed  by  the
Commissioner of Agriculture  in  consultation with
the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.
    (f)  All  fees   established   and   collected
pursuant to this  section  other than those moneys
designated  for  administrative   costs   of   the
Department of Motor  Vehicles,  shall be deposited
in the animal  population  control program account
established under section  22-380g  of the general
statutes.
    Sec. 4. This  act  shall  take  effect July 1,
1997.

Approved June 26, 1997