On June 6, 2012, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed HB6311, the bill that prohibits cities and towns in the state from regulating specific breeds of dogs. HB6311 was introduced by Representative Diane Urbin in February, and easily passed through both chambers of the Connecticut General Assembly.
Now that the bill has been signed by the governor, the law will take effect on October 1, 2013. The passage of HB6311 means that in drafting animal control ordinances, cities will have to tackle the root cause of dangerous dogs – irresponsible dog owners – rather than pass a blanket law that regulates all members of a specific breed and punishes responsible dog owners.
Its great news that we can add another state (the second of the 2013 legislative session!!) to the list of those that ban breed specific legislation and reap the rewards of laws that have to target irresponsible dog owners rather than single out specific breeds of dogs and promote a false sense of security!!