Connecticut House passes bill to link animal abuse to child abuse
Connecticut could become the next state to track cases of animal abuse and link them to domestic abuse cases.
The Capital Watch blog on Courant.com reports as follows -
The bill requires local animal control officers and employees at the state Department of Children and Families to report cases of animal cruelty to the state agriculture department. The agriculture commissioner would then be required to issue a monthly report, starting in November 2011, to the DCF commissioner, who would determine whether anyone suspected of animal cruelty is also simultaneously on the list of families at DCF.
The bill vote was 127 to 12 in the House. The individuals who voted against the measure don’t seem to get it, if a quote from Rep. John T. Shaban is any indication. He doesn’t think animal control officers should be reporting on cases of animal abuse – to be used in reports concerning animal cruelty.
Shaban is quoted as saying the officers “should not be charged with flagging a person whose name is going to be potentially flagged with the tinge of potential child abuse if it is done improperly. … I don’t think it’s in the officer’s skill set.”
He is totally missing the point. This bill will tie animal abuse cases to individuals who are also on file with abuse cases against children. Why are these 12 elected officials worried about the reputations of people who are these lists? Why are these people so worried about protecting people who tend to abuse family members and pets?
And then we have this quote from the blog -
State Rep. Craig Miner, a Litchfield Republican who voted against the bill, said, “It’s not appropriate to leave your dog outside, chained up for a period of time. … But you can leave livestock outside to graze naturally, and that’s not cruelty.”
These quotes are worthy of a Pack of Putrid Punditry Award – that also goes to all 12 Connecticut representatives who voted against the bill.