Kupchick, Urban, and Camillo to announce animal welfare initiatives

State Representatives Brenda Kupchick (R-132), Diana Urban (D-43), and Fred Camillo (R-151) will hold a press conference on Tuesday to announce major animal welfare initiatives for the 2018 legislative session. The press conference will take place on Tuesday, February 20, at 10:30 a.m., in room 1E of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132)

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132)

The representatives will offer a list of all animal welfare bills submitted for the coming session, in addition to highlighting three: adequate shelter for dogs in extreme weather, modifications for accelerated rehabilitation for animal abusers, and recommendations from the Human Animal Welfare Task Force.

Joining Reps. Kupchick Urban, and Camillo at the press conference will be Annie Hornish of the CT Humane Society; Debora Bresch, Senior State Legislative Director at the ASPCA; CT Votes for Animals; and Susan Linker, CEO at Our Companions Animal Rescue.

State Representative Fred Camillo (R-151)

State Representative Fred Camillo (R-151)

“The Legislative Animal Welfare Caucus works year round alongside the CT Humane Society, the ASPCA, CT Votes for Animals, and Our Companions Animal Rescue,” said Rep. Kupchick. “I believe we have a moral obligation to advocate for and protect those who cannot protect themselves. I look forward to sharing the Animal Welfare Caucus’ legislative priorities for the 2018 session.”

“I am thrilled to be working on these issues with Rep. Kupchick,” said Rep. Urban. “I have always pointed out the link between animal cruelty and domestic violence and child abuse. I look forward to working in a bi-partisan manner on these important issues.”

“Animals are loyal companions, and many are trained to work alongside our military personnel and first responders,” said Rep. Camillo. “In exchange for their service to us, they are entitled to a great degree of protection from abuse and neglect. We have a responsibility to help this state’s most vulnerable and, in my opinion, animals should be included in this category.”

State Representative Diana Urban (D-43)

State Representative Diana Urban (D-43)

The legislators will give a presentation on the three bills they hope to pass this year and then answer questions from assembled media and interested parties.

State Representative Brenda Kupchick represents the 132nd district, which includes Fairfield and Southport. She is the Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Housing Committee and a member of the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee and the General Law Committee.

State Representative Diana Urban represents the 43rd district, which includes North Stonington & Stonington. She is the Chair of the General Assembly’s Children’s Committee and a member of the Banks Committee and the Regulations Review Committee.

State Representative Fred Camillo represents the 151st district, which includes Greenwich. He is a member of the Commerce Committee, the Executive & Legislative Nominations Committee, and the Higher Education Committee.

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