As you know, most puppies offered for sale in pet stores come from puppy mills, where their parents may have spent their entire lives suffering from inadequate veterinary care, housing, exercise, food and water. While we can’t control or regulate puppy mills in other states, we can pass a law that will keep these dogs out of Connecticut’s pet shops. The ASPCA is working closely with legislators and other animal welfare organizations to propose a state bill that will prohibit new pet shops from selling commercially bred dogs and also phase-out the sale of these dogs by current pet shops. However, the pet shop industry is working equally hard to prevent this from happening, so we need your help! With your assistance, Connecticut could soon be the first state in the nation to enact this kind of law—and we’re hoping other states will follow your example!
What You Can Do:
Please contact your state senator and representative in Hartford to urge them to support a bill to crack down on the sale of puppy mill dogs in Connecticut. And if you can, join the ASPCA and your fellow advocates in Hartford on Friday, February 21, for Connecticut Voices for Animals Day. This is an opportunity to meet with your legislators in-person to advocate for animals—the impact of these meetings cannot be overstated. Visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center for more info and to register to attend this exciting daylong lobbying event! Breakfast will be provided.