A legislative task force looking into the sale of puppies and kittens in Connecticut will hold the first of two scheduled public hearings in Fairfield on Wednesday.
The bipartisan task force was created by the General Assembly during the 2013 session after a group of lawmakers proposed a bill that would have banned the sale of pets unless the animals came from a rescue agency, a private breeder or an animal shelter. Supporters of such a ban said it is the only way to stop breeders who raise animals in sub-standard conditions.
But the bill failed to come up for a vote in the face of strong opposition from the retail pet industry, which said it would do nothing to help animals.
The task force will look at ways to improve pet sales at Wednesday’s hearing, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the Fairfield Public Schools Central Office Building, 501 Kings Highway East.
A second hearing will be held on Wed., Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.