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An Act Concerning Animal Welfare approved

An Act Concerning Animal Welfare has been approved unanimously by the state House and Senate.  It does a number of things, including updating the terminology of guide dog to service animal, creates conforming language for definition of poultry and requires regional animal control facilities meet municipal standards for pounds.  The measure also requires that animals imported to Connecticut be examined by a vet within 48 hours.  The State Agricultural Commissioner could set up an appeal process so owners could reduce the quarantine time their animal has to undergo.  It also updates funding for the feral cat program and the reimbursement paid to participating vets.  The bill awaits Governor Lamont's signature.

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