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More than 15 Connecticut lawmakers have shown their support for responsible pet ownership by signing on as Honorary Chairpersons for the AKC Meet the Breeds® educational event on February 9th.

“We thank Connecticut legislators for demonstrating their commitment to responsible pet ownership by becoming an Honorary Chairperson for AKC Meet the Breeds,” said Sheila Goffe, Vice President, Government Relations. “Their support is vital to helping us spread the word about the importance of responsible dog ownership and protect the rights of responsible dog owners.”

Over 100 lawmakers from the tri-state area have signed on to be Honorary Chairs for the 2019 event.

Honorary Chairs from Connecticut are as follows:

Representative Juan Candelaria
Representative Liz Linehan
Representative Kim Rose
Representative Jason Perillo
Representative Holly Cheeseman
Representative Susan Johnson
Representative Emmett D. Riley
Representative Michelle Cook
Representative Catherine Abercrombie
Representative William A. Petit, Jr., MD
Representative Kevin Ryan
Representative Carol Hall
Representative Leslee Hill
Senator Eric Berthel
Senator Paul Formica


The American Kennel Club and The International Cat Association® (TICA®) have again joined forces to bring AKC Meet the Breeds®  to the public.  The event is part of The American Kennel Club & Westminster Kennel Club present Meet & Compete, which also features the 6th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster brought to you by Purina® Pro Plan®. One daytime ticket will grant event-goers access to both AKC Meet the Breeds® and the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster.  Attendees will be able to interact with almost 200 breeds of dogs and cats in elaborately decorated booths depicting elements from the breed’s history, and learn about the breed straight from the experts. AKC Meet the Breeds®  will take place in Piers 92 & 94 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.