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Malloy Signs Bill Boosting Standards for Care of Animals at CT Pet Shops

Fairfield County state reps led a task force that drew up the bill that Gov. Dannel Malloy signed at the Greenwich Animal Shelter on Wednesday.

Joined by state lawmakers and advocate, Governor Dannel P. Malloy today held a bill signing ceremony at the Greenwich Animal Shelter to commemorate a new law that increases standards for state retail pet shops and breeders. PhotoFlickr.com.
Joined by state lawmakers and advocate, Governor Dannel P. Malloy today held a bill signing ceremony at the Greenwich Animal Shelter to commemorate a new law that increases standards for state retail pet shops and breeders. PhotoFlickr.com.

A new law that will increase the accountability standards for Connecticut retail pet shops and breeders was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy at a ceremony held at the Greenwich Animal Shelter. 

The law, called An Act Concerning Certain Recommendations of the Task Force on the Sale of Cats and Dogs from Inhumane Origins at Connecticut Pet Shops, increases through increased standards and business practices.

“There is evidence that puppy mills around the country have employed practices that any reasonable person would consider inhumane,” Malloy said. “By signing this bill into law, we are setting standards in Connecticut to ensure that animals are living in humane conditions. I would like to thank the chairs of the Taskforce on the Sale of Cats and Dogs from Inhumane Origins at Connecticut Pet Shops and all of those who provided constructive input to make this bill a reality.”

The law will:

  • Require the State Commissioner of Agriculture to develop a standard of care applicable to in-state dog and cat breeders by December 31, 2014.
  • Prohibit pet shop licensees from purchasing dogs or cats from a breeder who has violated USDA animal welfare regulations in the past two years and increases the fine for violating related requirements.
  • Require pet shops to reimburse customers for veterinarian expenses incurred to treat a dog or cat that becomes ill shortly after purchase from the shop.  The reimbursement now covers the purchase price of the animal and veterinarian costs.
  • Requires pet shops to post the U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection reports for breeders of any dog offered for sale.

“It was a pleasure to lead a taskforce with Representative Brenda Kupchick that worked over many months to bring recommendations to the legislature that ultimately lead to this new law,” said State Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk), co-chair of the taskforce that developed this legislation. “Connecticut should be proud of the compassion we show through our laws for our four-legged friends.” 

“Working on this issue since 2011, I’m grateful to see a bill that goes a long way toward minimizing ‘puppy mill’ puppies being sold in Connecticut,” said state Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-Fairfield), co-chair of the taskforce. “What many people don’t see are the conditions the breeding parents live in who supply puppies to pet stores or over the internet. This law also protects the public from the costs associated with sick puppies or kittens and provides for more accountability from pet stores.”

“We thank Governor Malloy for his compassion for animals and leadership in the fight against puppy mills. This bill will keep some of the worst puppy mills in the country from selling to Connecticut pet stores,” said Annie Hornish, Connecticut State Director for the Humane Society of the United States.  “One way citizens can help fight puppy mills is by adopting from municipal pounds like the Greenwich Animal Shelter, or purchasing from responsible, ethical breeders, who never sell through pet shops.”

The law goes into effect Oct. 1.

 

Conrad F. Heede June 20, 2014 at 02:06 PM
Perhaps I support the right to life as well, but you would not know because you are too busy assigning labels and dismissing my point of view as does the typical bully on the playground. I suppose it is too much to expect people who hide behind pseudonyms to converse with respect.
Bob June 20, 2014 at 05:03 PM
Pop, You like Cheney now that he supports something you do?That's right vote with your emotions. Wrong is still wrong. As far as churches, Jesus said himself many will be wrong in their teachings and these churches you mentioned are completely wrong to embrace something like this. You won't hear scriptures from them because there are none that support same sex marriage, they are no different than the what feels good liberal mindset. As for Conrad, not sure what "Perhaps" is implying, but the typical liberal and I would dare say majority of liberals would save a tree or whale before an unborn. If you don't realize that then you are following blindly. As for bully? No name calling came from me, just an opinion and the fact that you are jumping to the school yard bully points more to your liberalism. Rereading your posts, maybe you need to man up a little more in life, I wont say grow some, cause liberals would def. call that bullying. Go back to supporting your Gov. who says it's ok for you to drink chocolate milk.
Conrad F. Heede July 14, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Do I really need to define 'perhaps' for you? I am suggesting you do not know what I think. 'Liberal' is not a bad word, either. It could mean liberal gun laws or liberal democracy. I know that us blowing your mind right now.
Bob July 17, 2014 at 09:08 AM
Liberal not a bad word? Times have changed Conrad. That word has destroyed our once great country. That's the last word in the world I would want to be labeled with today.
Conrad F. Heede July 17, 2014 at 06:02 PM
Liberal republicans.

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