Legislative Initiatives

The Connecticut Humane Society (CHS) has been active in supporting animal-friendly legislation since our founding in 1881.  We remain committed to working with the community and the legislature to advance anti-cruelty laws and protections for animals in our state. 

2018 Legislative Activity 

Action Alert, April 2018


Please call/email your Legislators NOW!

Tell them to support HB 5362: AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGISTRATION AND INSPECTION OF MUNICIPAL POUNDS AND SHELTERS

What will this bill do?
It will require all nonprofit (private) and town (municipal) animal shelters in CT to follow the same standards to protect animals in their care.

Last year, legislators passed a bill requiring standards of care for animals in only nonprofit shelters. The Department of Agriculture must now write those regulations. The Connecticut Humane Society believes animals in municipal pounds (shelters) should be cared for by also following these standards.

Not having equal standards of care in all shelters is like having one set of building codes for nonprofits while municipalities are permitted to self-regulate!

What’s the estimated financial impact?
The state’s Office of Fiscal Analysis evaluated this proposal and indicated there is only a “potentially minimal” fiscal impact on municipalities. CHS believes that since the regulations have not yet been written, municipalities have an opportunity to work with the Department of Agriculture to ensure a reasonable and realistic balance for these regulations.

When were the Municipal regulations written?
The regulations of standards of care in municipal pounds (shelters) were written in 1963 (55 years ago) and even within those regulations, standards were reduced because “grandfather” provisions applied.

This is 2018, and when a shelter is built according to today’s best practices it would fail inspection because it did not adhere to Connecticut’s (1963) antiquated and outdated standards.

Contact your Legislators TODAY! There is no time to lose.

The bill may be voted on in the next few days!







 

 

 

 

 

 

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