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CT Update: Ask You State Senator to Oppose Limiting Dog Ownership Rights!

(Thursday, May 30, 2013)

Connecticut House Bill 6690 has been approved by the Connecticut House of Representatives and is pending in the Senate. The American Kennel Club (AKC) is concerned with unintended consequences that may result from the legislation, including the possibility that individual ownership rights could be diminished in ways similar to states that have animal “guardianship” instead of animal “ownership”.

It is essential that Connecticut residents call their State Senator TODAY and ask them to oppose House Bill 6690 as currently written, or amend it to guarantee that this bill will not impact the legal status of animals as property. Type your address at this link to find the name and contact information for your State Senator. A full list of State Senators can be found here.

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Summary:

House Bill 6690 allows a separate advocate to be appointed to represent the interests of an animal during a cruelty trial. The AKC absolutely believes that no animal should be treated in a cruel manner, and that those who harm animals should be held accountable for their actions.

This bill however, could have the unintended consequence of actually changing the legal status of animals. The appointment of advocates is usually done to protect the interests of minors or other people needing legal representation. By extending this right to animals, it could fundamentally change an animal’s status as property. This would result in a dramatic restriction on the rights of dog owners and veterinarians to properly care for and protect dogs.

The AKC is asking the Connecticut State Senate to either oppose House Bill 6690 as currently written, or to add an amendment that specifically states the provisions of this bill do not impact the legal status of animals as property.

The AKC will continue to provide updates on HB 6690 as developments become available. For more information, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or email doglaw@akc.org.