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Connecticut General Assembly Going to the Dogs - And Cats - This Session

Gun control and the state budget might be taking center stage in Hartford right now, but some legislators are also focusing on ways to help our four-legged friends.

Connecticut's legislature convened last week and began taking on the weighty issues of guns and the state budget. But some lawmakers also want their colleagues to think about measures to help our family pets.

At least 10 bills have been filed so far that focus on animals, including one that would create a registry of those who abuse animals — similar to the state's sex offender registry — as well as another that would allow animal control officers to use emergency lights when transporting an animal for emergency care, according to the blog Capitol Watch.

Other measures related to animals being proposed this year include:

Lori Fogler Nicholson January 15, 2013 at 01:48 PM
I was Diana Urbans intern for several years and these very bills were introduced in the environment committee where they died from lack of support from the chair and co chair. What we need to happen to get these bills to the next level is for Sen Meyer (Chair of The Env Committee) to "co-sponsor" these bills and get his colleagues to do so as well. In 2011 Diana introduced HB 5396 Registry of Cruelty, 5393 Confinement and teethering of dogs, 5379 Humane treatment of animals in shelters. Sen Meyer did not co-sponsor any of these bills or use his influence to propel them foward. I implore you to get behind these bills from the beginning so they have a fighting chance at a vote. http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/CGABillInfo/CGABillInfoDisplay.asp (these are the bills Sen Meyer has introduced so far and none of them are animal welfare bills). Please get behind these bills when they need your help the most. This isn't an attack but just the plain fact that the animals need your help and your influence.

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