U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal recently visited West Hartford Animal Control in Connecticut to push for Prevent Animal Torture and Cruelty, or PACT, Act, a bill to prevent animal cruelty.
According to the Harford Courant, Blumenthal said he and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, of Pennsylvania, want to outlaw a form of animal abuse known as “crushing,” where people maim and torture animals.
"Crushing defenseless animals is barbaric, disgusting, and wrong. There is no place for it in our society," said Senator Toomey. "I call on my colleagues to join me in ending this horrific practice once and for all. Let's get it passed in both chambers and send it to the president for his signature."
For Westport, there is no dedicated Animal Control Partner, please use the following link for the CT Humane Society list in order to find the closest center: https://cthumane.org/adopt/animal-control-partners/.
Click here for a full list of animal control partners.
Connecticut has a number of animal cruelty laws based around five crimes: cruelty to animals, malicious or intentional cruelty to animals, animals engaged in exhibition of fighting, and intentionally injuring or killing police animals or dogs in volunteer canine service and rescue teams, a good summary can be found here.
The Humane Society of the United States, National Sheriffs’ Association, Fraternal Order of Police and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys support the bill, according to Blumenthal’s office. The PACT Act is endorsed by the Humane Society of the United States, National Sheriffs' Association, Fraternal Order of Police, and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.
This will ensure that pets in jeopardy receive prompt and often lifesaving care.
Not sure if what you’ve observed is animal cruelty or neglect? Learn the signs.