Forum Focuses on Animal Welfare in Connecticut

June 29, 2018

Forum focuses on state of animal welfare in Connecticut

By Erica Moser, Day staff writer

New London — On one end sat a veterinarian who lamented lack of knowledge on animal-rights laws within the veterinarian community, and a lack of state resources to manage the laws. On the other sat the state representative behind many of these laws in recent years.

"Where's the state of Connecticut going to find the employees to manage half these laws?" questioned Christine Puskaric, founder of Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital.

Rep. Diana Urban — who has two race horses, two miniature donkeys, two pitbulls, a Jack Russell-Chihuahua mix and a lab — said that when people see pet stores or others breaking the law, they need to speak up.

"You're right, we don't have the money to have an animal control officer go into a pet shop on a daily or weekly basis," Urban replied.

This was just one issue among many discussed in a wide-ranging forum on animal welfare that the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut held at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum on Thursday evening.

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