Connecticut is taking a stand against against puppy mills -- just in time for Puppy Mill Awareness Week (which is this week). The state's Senate and House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday to crack down on the cruel dog breeding facilities.
The bill, SB 445, requires pet shop operators to sell only puppies they get from breeders who are licensed and inspected by the USDA. Breeders must have no violations of certain provisions of the federal Animal Welfare Act within two years. While not perfect, the new bill is a big step in the right direction.
Annie Hornish, the Connecticut state director for The Humane Society of the United States, said in a statement:
This legislation is a step in the right direction and will help crack down on the worst of the offenders, namely those breeders caught with severe violations of welfare standards. It will also increase fines for the many pet stores in the state that routinely deal with unlicensed breeders to circumvent scrutiny.
Now, the bill heads over to Gov. Dannel Malloy for his signature.