Our Companions Proposing New Animal Shelter Legislation in the 2017 Legislative Session
In Connecticut, pet shops, municipal dog pounds, training facilities and grooming facilities must be inspected and licensed. Also, any breeders or persons operating a kennel are subject to licensing and inspection. However, there is currently no Connecticut statute requiring the licensing and inspection of animal shelters.
The need for requiring inspections to ensure shelters adhere to humane standards has become evident. In the last few years several animal shelters have been being shut down after being charged with animal cruelty.
The proposed legislation would prevent these unnecessary cruelty cases by allowing Animal Control Officers to inspect shelters and intervene legally if there are standard-of-care issues, to ensure that the situation does not escalate.
Click here to read a full article on the issue, as featured in our Spring Edition of Our Companions News Magazine.
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Be a Voice for Animals (It’s Easier Than You Think)!
Connecticut is, without a doubt, a state that cares about animals. Our Companions’ members and volunteers are living proof, and so are the multitudes of citizens who may not play an active role in animal welfare causes, but who support the humane treatment of animals. Whenever an animal cruelty case is publicized, we hear an outcry from concerned neighbors, friends, and co-workers.
However, according to the 2010 Animal Legal Defense Fund’s “State Animal Protection Law Rankings,” Connecticut is only 35th in the nation in overall strength and comprehensiveness of animal laws. Animal rescue organizations have been operating for centuries, yet the problem of animal suffering persists because the laws that protect animals are in need of dramatic improvement.
There is a way that caring people can get more involved, not only when there is a high-profile case, but also whenever a bill that affects animals is pending in Hartford. There is no more powerful way to advocate for animals than to be a voice in the legislative process. Our lawmakers’ job is to listen to the constituents, and the voters who show up in numbers are the ones who are heard. Showing up may not necessarily mean leaving home. Phone calls, emails, and written testimony from voters are just as important as attending a hearing in person. It’s the number of people speaking out on an issue that gets attention and results in victories.