Connecticut Supreme Court Goes to Dogs

We like to think of the state’s highest court as the final arbiter of legal language, a beacon of clarity and definition, the place where citizens can fully grasp legal reasoning and the rule of law.

So it came as a bolt from the blue when The Connecticut Supreme Court last month held that, in towns or cities that do not have an ordinance specifically designating the number of dogs a family may own, dogs and other household pets are still a part of a town’s zoning laws, even if never mentioned. No longer is a dog a dog. “Dogs,” says the high court, may be “an accessory use” to one’s home and property, much like a couple of sheds in the back yard.

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