AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB HONORS STATE SENATOR CLARK CHAPIN AS AKC LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR

October 1, 2013

State Senator Clark Chapin (R-New Milford) photographed with American Kennel Club Board of Director’s Harvey Wooding of Redding, CT at a meeting of the Connecticut Dog Federation on September 30, 2013. Together they hold the James S. Holt Memorial Award for Promotion of Responsible Dog Ownership in Legislation awarded to Senator Chapin that evening.

Hartford, CT – State Senator Clark Chapin (R-New Milford), was awarded the James S. Holt Memorial Award for Promotion of Responsible Dog Ownership in Legislation (“Holt” award) at a meeting of the Connecticut Dog Federation on September 30, 2013. At the event the American Kennel Club® (AKC) named Chapin the AKC Legislator of the Year for his work protecting Connecticut dog owners from harmful legislation.

“I am honored to receive the Holt Award,” said Senator Chapin. “I have always been proud to support legislation that benefits animals and protects the rights of responsible pet owners. I look forward to continuing to support responsible pet ownership, honoring the mission of both the AKC and the Connecticut Dog Federation,” he said.

The Holt award, administered by the AKC Government Relations Department, is a memorial to the late Dr. James S. Holt, who served for 17 years as the AKC’s federal legislative consultant, participated in the sport of purebred dogs for more than 40 years, and served as an AKC Delegate and Board member. The Holt award honors legislators who demonstrate a commitment to promoting responsible dog ownership, the well-being of dogs, and whose actions advance the mission of the American Kennel Club.

“We appreciate Senator Chapin’s tireless work to promote reasonable legislation that benefits animals and also protects the rights of the owners,” said Sheila Goffe, AKC Director of Government Relations. “We’re pleased to honor him with the Holt award for his efforts in passing enforceable canine legislation.”

Senator Chapin was presented with the Holt award at the annual meeting of the Connecticut Dog Federation. The CDF consists of approximately thirty-seven dog owner clubs and dog training clubs that work to promote the welfare of dogs and protect and advance the interests of dogs and of people connected with dogs. The meeting was held at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Meriden, Connecticut.

State Senator Chapin represents the 30th Senate District, which includes the communities of Brookfield, Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Milford, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren and Winchester. Senator Chapin was elected to his first term in the State Senate in November 2012 after serving six terms in the State House. He has been named a Deputy Minority Leader of the Senate Republican Caucus, and a Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Energy and Technology Committee and Environment Committee. In addition, Senator Chapin serves on the Appropriations Committee and Regulation Review Committee.