The Bureau of Aquaculture provides information to the public and businesses about harvesting shellfish, including the species that are available and any warnings about pollutants. The bureau also oversees businesses that raise fish for food in fresh-water tanks.
In 2002, the agency constructed a large animal rehabilitation facility designed to hold horses and other large animals that have been seized in cases of animal cruelty. Located at York Correctional Facility in Niantic, "Second Chance" is a collaborative effort between the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Corrections. Inmates from York Correctional can volunteer to help rehabilitate the animals.
Residents with questions about reportable animal diseases and the health requirements for animals attending fairs can consult with the Office of the State Veterinarian. Dr. Mary Jane Lis, in the state veterinarian's office, coordinates state and federal governmental agencies and livestock producers to control diseases and oversees agency disease control programs.