The American Kennel Club is pleased to announce that Dr. Arnold L. Goldman, DVM, MPH and the Connecticut Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners have been named winners of the 2015 Bebout Memorial Award for Leadership in Canine Legislation.
Together with the Connecticut Federation, of which he is a trustee, Dr. Goldman and the federation have demonstrated innovative leadership in educating Connecticut residents about responsible dog ownership, pet health, animal welfare, public health issues, crisis planning, and emergency response for animals.
The Connecticut federation takes an active role in monitoring and testifying on legislation that may impact dog owners in the state. In addition, the federation participates in numerous educational activities including pet expos, dog shows, fairs, and public events at shopping centers and other community centers.
Dr. Goldman is a leader in animal welfare policy and has been active in bringing attention to illegal and inhumane pet trafficking issues in the state and around the country. He has testified numerous times on canine legislative issues in both Connecticut and New York and developed compromise legislation addressing retail pet sales and consumer protection that serves as a model for other communities nationwide.
Dr. Goldman is also widely recognized as a leader in the veterinary field. He is a long-time leader in the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and was chosen by colleagues as Connecticut Veterinarian of the Year for 2008. He has served as president of the New England Veterinary Medical Association, the Connecticut Veterinary Association, and the National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs. Dr. Goldman is currently running for AVMA District 1 Director.
Dr. Goldman created or collaborated with colleagues to create the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Foundation; CTSART, the Connecticut State Animal Response Team; Companions-in-Crisis, a domestic violence program; and HAVEN, a substance abuse program for veterinarians.
“We are thrilled to honor Dr. Goldman and the Connecticut Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners for their leadership in responsible dog ownership and public policy. Their work is a model and an inspiration for dog lovers and communities throughout the country,” said Sheila Goffe, AKC’s Director of Government Relations. “We look forward to presenting this award to them personally next month.”
Named for the late Director of the AKC Government Relations Department, the “Bebout Award” recognizes federations and dog owner/breeder organizations that have been actively involved in educating legislators about responsible dog ownership issues and have worked to preserve the rights of responsible owners and breeders.