Among the several bills Gov. Dannel Malloy signed on May 18, were two that concern animal cruelty and tree trimming by utilities.
Public Act 16-96
Through this legislation, anyone who “maliciously and intentionally maims, mutilates, tortures, or wounds” an animal as a first offense will be guilty of a Class D felony. Any subsequent offenses will be classified as Class C felonies.
This act will not apply to licensed veterinarians following accepted standards of practice. It will also not be applicable to those following agricultural practices or “lawfully engaging” in the taking of wildlife. This law goes into effect Oct. 1, 2016.
Public Act 16-86
Passage of this act, requires utilities to remove any debris generated as a result of managing vegetation. This will apply only to tree and shrub management requested by the utility itself.