Malloy highlights Connecticut's new pet shop law

Greenwich — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is drawing attention to a new law that attempts to toughen standards for Connecticut pet shops.

The legislation, which takes effect on Oct. 1, prohibits pet shops from buying or selling cats and dogs from breeders who have violated the U.S. Department of Agriculture's animal welfare regulations. It also requires pet shop license-holders to post certain USDA inspection reports for breeders of any dog offered for sale.

The new law also requires the state's Department of Agriculture to develop a standard of care for Connecticut dog and cat breeders. Additionally, the agriculture commissioner will be allowed to fine pet shop license-holders directly.

Malloy is scheduled to hold a ceremonial bill-signing Wednesday at the Greenwich Animal Shelter. He's expected to be joined by state lawmakers and advocates.

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