Several new Connecticut state laws take effect this weekend
A number of new state laws take effect tomorrow.
One of the laws that will take effect requires police to quickly notify families that their loved ones have died.
The law in part requires police who encounter "a deceased person or the remains of a person" to make sure their next of kin are notified within 24 hours of identification of the body.
The bill stems from the unrelated deaths of two Bridgeport residents in December.
Lauren Smith-Fields, 23, and 53-year-old Brenda Lee Rawls.
In both cases, the families claimed police didn't notify them of their deaths.
Two detectives assigned to those cases were placed on leave pending an investigation.
There's also a new law that makes various changes to procedures when a juvenile is arrested for an alleged delinquent act.
Those include -- requiring an arrested child to be brought before a judge within five business days after the arrest; allowing the court to order electronic monitoring if a child was charged with a second or subsequent motor vehicle or property theft offense; and in certain circumstances, increasing the maximum period, from six to eight hours, that a child may be held in a community correctional center or lockup without a judge's detention order.
Another law requires dogs must be given adequate shelter when outdoors for more than 15 minutes when either the National Weather Service issues a weather advisory or warning or adverse outdoor environmental conditions like extreme heat or cold that pose a risk to the dogs' health or safety, based on the dog's breed.
The law also prohibits tethering a dog to a stationary object or mobile device like a trolley or pulley without providing potable water at least twice in each 24-hour period.
Adequate shelter is defined as offering enough space for a dog to sit, lie down and turn, is soundly built without accumulated animal waste and debris, has dry bedding, and is not under any exterior stairs among other requirements.
Those in violation of the law could be fined $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second offense, and between $250 and $500 for the third and subsequent offenses.