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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

State rep supports banning puppy mill dogs in Branford

I am writing you in support of the proposed ban on the sale of puppy mill dogs in the town of Branford. As the co-chairman of the Legislators for Animal Advocacy caucus in the Connecticut General Assembly, I applaud the efforts of those who are supporting this initiative. This is something we took a big step toward to doing this past session when we voted to undertake a study on this issue because there is a problem finding homes for some of the most innocent and sweetest dogs you would ever want to see due to the many dogs languishing in shelters around the state. I also believe this would benefit pet shop owners who would then have a plethora of dogs they could sell, all coming from the shelters, which would be a win-win situation.
In the end, if we continue to turn our heads to this problem, the only ones who will suffer will be the ones who truly have no voice and are without fault ... the dogs. It also becomes a strain on municipal budgets when animal control and law enforcement officials have to deal with homeless dogs and the problems that creates.
Thanks for your time and consideration on this important issue. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions and or would like more information.
Fred Camillo
Greenwich
State Representative - 151st District

3 Comments:

Anonymous Glenn Downer said...

I am a dog lover, and have had several dogs over the years. I have to say that I don't see the need for banning the sale of puppies in Branford. To my knowledge we only have one pet store that sells puppies, so it is not a big problem, and a lot of people want a puppy, as opposed to a full grown dog.

I would support a bill that prevents any new stores from opening, that want to sell puppies, because I am aware of the problems with puppy mills, but putting an existing store out of business, is not what politicians should be doing.

And no, I have no idea who owns the existing store.

Glenn Downer
http://the-golden-retriever.com

August 3, 2013 at 11:35 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Camillo, I really don't care what a rep from Greenwich thinks that Branford should do. I think there should be tolls at the state line in Greenwich. I'm sure YOUR constituents would LOVE that. You fight for and get the tolls in Greenwich, and I'll back you in trying to close or prevent future vibrant businesses in Branford. Until then, worry about your own backyard.

August 6, 2013 at 9:34 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you think happens to those puppies who aren't sold and get too big to stay in the pet store? If you want a puppy, there are plenty available for adoption or you can to a reputable breeder. Dogs should not be sold in stores.

August 17, 2013 at 8:55 AM 

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