Connecticut is one step closer to banning puppy mills. Legislation was recently introduced to prohibit the operation of animal mills in Connecticut and to ban the sale of dogs and cats that were obtained from animal mills. The bill, H.B. 5027, entitled, “An Act Prohibiting the Sale of Dogs and Cats Obtained from Substandard Domestic Animal Mills and Requiring a Standard of Care Applicable to Animal Importers,” is notable for publicly acknowledging the horrid, cruel conditions from where many pets come and is the first major step in bringing reform for the animals who are forced to suffer lifelong abuse and neglect.
The bill was amended and passed in June 2013, creating a “Puppy Mill Task Force,” a bipartisan committee of members to study the conditions of animal breeding facilities and the inhumane treatment of puppies and kittens sold in pet stores. The task force will provide the legislature with a report of its findings and recommendations by January 1, 2014, which will be used to craft a more substantive bill for the 2014 legislative session.
The Task Force has scheduled public hearings on October 9, 2013 and November 13, 2013. Information on how to attend the upcoming hearing to provide your support for the animals who are unable to speak for themselves can be found here.