Connecticut Department of Agriculture’s Animal Control Division
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture’s Animal Control Division is “responsible for the investigation of property damage, injury and nuisance caused by dogs.” In addition, the Division enforces dog licensing and control laws, the inspection of pet facilities and rabies control. The Division investigates reports of animal cruelty and rehabilitates evidence animals involved in cruelty prosecutions.
The following information will take a closer look at what the Division does to protect dogs and prevent attacks. Please click on any underlined words below to visit the Divisions website directly.
- Dog licensing, health and control- The Division mandates that all dogs three months and older be vaccinated and all dogs over six months be licensed in the state. In addition, they regulate the ways that dogs can be imported into the state and transported around Conn.
- Property damage, injury and nuisance- The law states the dogs are personal property and that owners are responsible for damages caused by their dog. The agency works to investigate any claim of property damage or injury. They also quarantine any dogs that bite either a human or another dog.
- Rabies control– The agency, along with state and local authorities work together to deal with rabid and suspected rabid animals, verify rabies vaccination status and provide transportation and handling of specimens for testing.
- Animal cruelty- The animal control division is the only agency tasked with enforcing animal cruelty violations. They investigate small companion and livestock cruelty complaints along with illegal animal fighting and animal hoarding.
The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that the information listed on this page will help you better understand the laws associated with dog bites and property damage. If you or your child has been bitten by a dog please contact the CT Animal Control Division and seek medical attention.