Kupchick advocates for pets and pet owners

State Rep.  Brenda Kupchick (R-132) submitted testimony on two proposals this week that she introduced, one bill on breed discrimination and another bill on proper animal shelter.

The first bill, House Bill 5443, An Act Concerning the Use of Breed of Dog as an Underwriting Factor for Homeowners and Tenants Insurance Policies,would require insurance companies to use other criteria to write policies or refuse coverage for dog owners who own certain dog breeds. Currently, insurance companies discriminate homeowners or renters solely based on a dogs breed instead of using past history of responsible versus negligent dog owners.

Kupchick, who sits on the Insurance and Real Estate committee where this bill was heard for public hearing said, “Connecticut has been a leader and animal welfare. Many state residents open up their hearts and homes to shelter and rescue animals. Many of these animals are what some may refer to as ‘Bully Breeds’ discrimination by insurance companies has put many of our good hearted state residents in a difficult position from not being truthful with insurance companies, to losing rentals is due to landlords not wanting the extra insurance cost, from not being able to get insurance coverage at all. This type of breed discrimination should be changed.”

The other bill Kupchick testified on was a bill to SB-228, An Act Concerning Damages for the Unlawful Killing or Injuring of a Companion Animal and Requiring a Report from the Department of Agriculture Concerning the Tethering of Dogs, which would enable a court to award damages for the loss of companionship when a companion animal is intentionally killed or injured and to require a report on the adequacy of the state’s dog tethering and confinement statute.

Kupchick has talked to Animal Control Officers (ACO) from across the state who asked that current statue to be strengthened to allow them to have the ability to act in cases of abuse and neglect.

According to testimony, animal advocates and animal control facilities are contacted frequently by citizens who are concerned about domestic pets in their neighborhoods left outside for long periods of time without adequate weather protection in what is described as extreme weather with no access to proper shelter food and water

Rep. Kupchick said, “We need stronger laws on the books to protect pets exposed to extreme heat and bitter cold temperatures by their owners. A responsible pet owner would never permit their furry friend to suffer without adequate protection for the dangerous weather temperatures.”

The Connecticut Humane Society, the ASPCA and CT Votes for Animals all submitted testimony in support of both pieces of legislation.

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132)

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132)

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