A new legislative task force to study the importation and sale of dogs in Connecticut will hold its first meeting Wednesday.
The task force was created by legislation sponsored by state Rep. Brenda Kupchick of Fairfield and state Sen. John McKinney, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor.
“The bill was a team effort of advocates and legislators coming together from both sides of the aisle, from across the state to protect the inhumane treatment of animals and the many residents who pay a great deal of money to play a game of roulette with pet stores, not knowing what the health outcome of the animal they purchased will be,” Kupchick said in a statement in June.
”Unfortunately, neither the USDA nor the state Department of Agriculture has the manpower to monitor and inspect puppy mills in a thorough manner to protect the animals and unsuspecting public that purchase them. Connecticut should be a leader and do our part to end animal cruelty that takes place in puppy mills. There are only 18 stores that currently sell puppies out of over 130 successful pet stores in the state. Our hope to have puppies and cats only purchased from local breeders or adopted from rescues or shelters where there’s accountability .”