Public Safety and Security Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5186

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE EVACUATION OF PETS AND SERVICE ANIMALS.

Vote Date

2/27/2007

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Change of Reference to Planning and Development

PH Date:

1/30/2007

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY COMMITTEE

REASONS FOR BILL:

Emergencies and disasters requiring evacuation are problems which can often be exacerbated by citizens who refuse to evacuate without ensuring the safety of their pets and service animals. In the past, essentially no provisions have been made for the evacuation of these animals. The problem has become quite prevalent in recent years, most notably in the aftermath of natural disasters in the Gulf Coast region.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None expressed.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

BOB LABANARA, Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM), New Haven, CT. Supports the bill that would make sure there are emergency plans, provisions and evacuations for pets and service animals of disabled residents. CCM urges that the proposal ensure all local emergency plans of operation are backed with adequate state resources and funding.

ARNOLD L. GOLDMAN, DVM, MS, Executive Director, Connecticut State Animal Response Team. Urge for support of this bill because it is critical during emergency and evacuation. In the past no provisions were made to safeguard animals and their owners, this bill would do so. In particular, special consideration should be taken to the elderly, the poor, and the disabled. They are the least likely to have the proper means to assist themselves and their animals. In addition, animals can not provide for themselves. It is up to owners and other people to take care of them. Because of Pets Evacuations and Transportation Standards Act, many states have passed legislation similar to HB 5186. It is time for Connecticut to do the same.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None expressed.

Reported by: Matthew Gianquinto and Troy Jones

Date: 3/2/2007