Camillo deserves congratulations for all he did on Buddy’s Law

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Buddy, the German shepherd rescue dog shot and killed just after being brought home from a shelter, will long be remembered because of the efforts of State Rep. Fred Camillo to prevent similar senseless tragedies from happening in the future.

We should celebrate Gov. Malloy’s signing the “Buddy Bill” into law and remember Rep. Camillo’s hard work for two years. His efforts at quarterbacking this legislation were extremely significant.

The need to be able to euthanize animals is a sensitive subject for many in the farming community, for law enforcement officials and for situations where safety doesn’t allow for time to get a licensed veterinarian on scene. Rep. Camillo had to draft legislation that addressed all of these concerns, many of which were articulated in discussions with his colleagues in the General Assembly during the  2012 legislative session.

He even communicated with Gov. Malloy, soliciting his comments, all in an effort to craft a meaningful bill that would be passed and signed into law. The governor’s input was very important, given prior attempts by other legislators to pass bills dealing with humanly euthanizing animals, particularly in view of legitimate concerns raised by farmers, their lobbyists and law enforcement.

The 2012 bill was redrafted by Rep. Camillo and he garnered the support of virtually everyone in the General Assembly, gaining both verbal support and many bill sponsors. This was the result of hours and hours of hard work on the part of Rep. Camillo explaining why the Buddy Bill should be passed even after other bills on this subject had failed.

It’s a testament to his persistence and determination that the bill passed almost unanimously in both the House and Senate. It’s a further testament to Rep. Camillo’s excellent relationship with his colleagues in both parties, and with a governor in the opposite party, that he gets things done.

Make no mistake about it, this is important legislation providing protections for those who can not speak for themselves. It passed where other bills had failed. The legislation was hard work on the part of Rep. Camillo and he should be congratulated.

 

Joe Kaliko
Greenwich

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