Thursday, July 14, 2011

Malloy signed the bill

We are disappointed to learn that Gov. Malloy signed this bill this afternoon. We will be reviewing our options, but we expect that we will take action in the courts to address this bill while we work for a more appropriate legislative solution.

We appreciate everyone's support. We will be formulating our plans and we will let you all know what needs to be done next. We all need to remember we do this for the animals.


  1. I'm flat out disgusted. This means the needless death of thousands of animals in the south and other states. As someone who transports animals into ct safely, legally and with proper vetting, I'm just beyond angered about this stupid move. I hope this will be fought. I'm ready to help in any way I can.

  2. I too am very angry, angry at the citizens and politicians in the south and other states that have allowed the conditions to develop that make it necessary to evacuate animals from these states. It's cruel to animals as yet unborn and unfair to other states in our republic.

    However, instead of thinking about suing the State of Connecticut for creating new regulations, we ought instead to figure out how to sue the exporting states, on the basis of their own animal cruelty laws and fair commerce laws. The argument would be that these states' failure to take reasonable action to stem the unplanned, undesired and unwanted litter production, shelter surrender and export that goes on is cruel to animals and burdens other, states while advantaging their state.

    Cruelty to animals. Unfairness in interstate commerce. That's your basis and that's your charge. The bigger questions are: Are rescue organizations prepared to participate in a real solution, one that will eventually make their interstate transport process obsolete? Is there courage to pursue an abstract new course among your number? Is there a brave leader among you with a vision for a different future for these animals?

  3. As a resident of CT and a volunteer with a CT-based Rescue, naturally, I am DEEPLY SADDENED by this news.

    This is NOT the end....

  4. Here's what the transportation north costs. Animal lovers or profiteers? You decide...

    From the Peterson Express Transport Services web site:

    Transportation Rates

    Forms of payments P.E.T.S. LLC accepts
    All major credit/debit cards
    Money Orders
    P.E.T.S. LLC does NOT accept personal checks

    Payment is due in full at time of reservation (credit card or PayPal) or at either pickup or delivery (Cash or Money Order only).

    The person initiating the transport is ultimately responsible for any non-payment.

    Rates are determined by the route where you drop off the dog. See the table below.

    Rates below are for New England deliveries ONLY.
    Route Cost
    Alabama $150.00
    Arkansas $150.00
    East Tennessee $150.00
    Florida $175.00
    Georgia $150.00
    Louisiana (EAST) $150.00
    Louisiana (WEST) $150.00
    Maryland $75.00
    Mississippi $150.00
    Northeast Deliveries $150.00
    Oklahoma $200.00
    Texas $175.00
    Virginia $100.00
    West/Central Tennessee $150.00

  5. Here's a statement from the foster contract of a FRR member rescue that says: "Jurisdiction for any dispute lies with the Davidson County, Tennessee, Chancery Court."

    Oh really? if an animal is relocated a thousand miles north and a dispute occurs, the new owner or foster family is required to go on a multi-day road trip to make their case?

    Here's a clearcut reason why registration and regulation of interstate rescue is so essential.
    Under the new law, every rescue organization operating in CT must have a CT address for legal service. It's not an accident that this provision was included.

  6. So northern states have effective animal control and southern states do not. Instead of working to make the southern states come up to speed, lets just let them keep doing what they always have done,and we will keep cleaning up after them. Southern rescue leaders also argue that the dogs in the north are unworthy of adoption. That's my interpretation of the below web article from:

    Southern Shelters Sending Animals North
    There's now a modern underground railroad system. But instead of helping people, this one is helping pets. Overcrowded animal shelters in the south euthanize almost 70 percent of their animals due to lack of space or funds, according to workers at Horry County Animal Care Center.

    To increase the number of pets sent to family homes, southern shelters have started to transport animals north where demand for animals is increasing. "The spay and neuter laws in the north part of the U.S. are much more strict than they are here," says Marion County Paws to the Rescue Director Jennifer Nall. "They have a shortage of puppies and animals, and here people either can't afford to spay or neuter their animals or don't see a need."

    The shelter sends transports weekly to as far as New Jersey, New York and Minnesota. Volunteers in the National Paws to the Rescue group bring these animals to their destination. "It's sort of like a virtual group," says Nall. "We network using the internet and Facebook to find volunteers to drive the different legs of the route. We often split the trip up so one person isn't driving the entire way."

    Each transport can include as little as one animal or as many as ten to 40 animals in one trip. Nall says animal shelters up north usually fill up with dogs not usually considered family pets, like rottweilers and pit bulls. "They are mostly looking for family dogs like labs, but that doesn't mean we only are able to find good homes to specific breeds. We move hundreds of animals through the transport in a given year."

    Jennifer Skopac is the director of Dogs XL Rescue in Baltimore, Maryland. She said, "There aren't terribly too many puppies up here available for adoption and those that are generally find homes pretty quickly. So it's important to match puppies down south with the families that take very good care of them in the north."

    Skopac says shelters up north are usually filled with dogs like pit bulls and rottweillers, dogs families may not want to adopt. She says there's more education up north about spaying and neutering, so northern shelters don't see an overwhelming number of puppies. "Vets are very proactive. Shelters are very proactive. Most shelters in the northeast will not release a dog that has not been spade (sic) or neutered for private adoption."

    Nall is moving animals on a weekly basis, hoping to give every animal at the shelter more time. "We would have to euthanize so many more animals then we do now. It would just be horrible."

    Nall says spring is the most crowded time for the shelter because that's when many dogs have their litters.

    Comment: Whose dogs are having those litters? What is the penalty for repeatedly dropping litters at shelters?

  7. So southern citizens are irresponsible and southern politicians unresponsive. Southern shelter and rescue workers are caring. Driving companies like Peterson earn a living. Northern rescues do good work homing pets,and the process goes on. Is it not obvious that the solution to the source of the problem begins at that source?

    I dont know what I can do about that is not an answer. But neither is enabling continuation.

  8. It is beyond sickening to read this crap..
    "Nall says animal shelters up north usually fill up with dogs not usually considered family pets, like rottweilers and pit bulls."

    not considered family pets? ever read the Carl series of childrens books? ever see the Little Rascals?
    people like this person do not "rescue" they spread lies and hatred and are more interested in only saving pets they think are "worthy". sickening.. I am glad the law passed. Now maybe some dogs in CT shelters will have a chance

  9. Comment: Whose dogs are having those litters? What is the penalty for repeatedly dropping litters at shelters?

    Oh sure, that makes sense. Let's slap a penalty on them. I promise you those puppies won't end up at a shelter at all, but rather dead. But isn't that what your ultimately asking for anyways, Ol'Doc?

  10. Dear "bestuvall"

    I can say from personal experience that I agree that most, not all of the animals in our local shelters are Pit Bulls (in particular) ,which was not the type of dog I was looking for when I considered adoption. I believe for some they are great pets, but not for me. I looked in every local shelter here in CT and in Mass (because I have family there) for over 6 months and found nothing. I have adopted 2 dogs from the Southern States as well as buying a pure bred from a CT breeder. So, I feel quite educated on this subject. I have 3 wonderful dogs. My pure bred was our first, and by the end of the first year, she was our $2500.00 dog because of the vet cost and all necessary vaccinations, the cost of spay and preventative meds, etc... We could not afford to buy another dog, so looked into rescue. If not for such a wide variety of breeds/mutts available from the entire USA, my other two wonderful, amazing pets (that were rescues), may have been put down and my first dog would not have her sister and brother to be a part of her pack. They are ALL beloved parts of our family. I thought in America, we had freedom to make choices. Well, I CHOSE not to adopt a Pit Bull and not having the dogs available to me would not have changed that. Along with the dogs currently being put down in our shelters, thousands of other animals would meet the same fate. Have you ever thought about WHY there are mostly these types of breeds available? We all know why. This is not spreading hatred. I have also fostered animals, I know personally and have helped a few local rescues. Perhaps you should put your energy into spreading the word about Spaying/Neutering pets. Have you ever thought that maybe the irresponsible Pit Bull owners should have spayed their pets? That certainly would help with the overcrowding. I have met 3 wonderful Pit Bulls, and about 20 not so wonderful Pit Bulls. How many Pitts do you own? I am curious to know....have you ever worked with a local rescue? I have seen hundreds of dollars fly out of their wallets to save these animals and not even half recouped after adoption. They are heroes in my eyes. This is not a means of income for them, like it is for the breeders. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the breeder I used, but feel that we all should have a choice. This bill has financially tied the hands of so many local rescues. So many animals will die because of this....that is what is important....this has NOTHING to do with hatred...just the opposite. I hope I have educated you a little bit on this subject. I really don't think you have all your facts straight.

  11. It appears as if someone is posting over and over because they are getting defensive. Is it because more people are stepping up NOT in favor? Because people in the rescue community know no bounds to save animals and make things right? We are diligent, compassionate and do not take no for an answer. Is it because all these NON-supporters are boycotting supporters animal-related businesses because they are supposed to be animal lovers and clearly are not. I believe there should be some regulation, but the ones put into place are just not right. Hmmmm....!/pages/NOT-In-Support-of-House-Bill-No-5368-Regarding-Animals-Imported-into-CT/123820254375760

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