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HS Student takes heart worm awareness to her state legislature

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.Annie Blumenfeld a Connecticut HS sophomore feels so strongly about raising the awareness of heart worm disease in dogs, she took the issue to the floor of the Connecticut Legislature.

It all started when Annie and her family adopted a dog from a Texas located shelter. They named the dog Teddy. Unfortunately, Teddy was diagnosed with heart worm disease, and Annie learned first-hand about the pain and cost of treatment of this insidious disease.

As a result of this experience Annie formed Wags 4 Hope a non profit organization whose purpose is to spread awareness of heart worm disease.

Recently, Annie’s efforts have taken her to the Connecticut State Legislature where with the support Rep. Tony Hwang (R-134 Trumbull & Fairfield) she testified in support of her proposed bill HB-5422,"An Act Concerning Awareness of Heartworm Disease and the Standard Dog Licensing Form, to raise awareness about heartworm disease in dogs in the Environment committee of the state legislature."

Blumenfeld said, “After Teddy’s experience I was determined to spread awareness to pet owners about how they can avoid this disease so they do not have to go through with their dog what Teddy went through. It was an honor to work with Mr. Hwang as he shares my enthusiasm. After months of eagerly waiting for our public hearing it was exciting to firsthand witness the legislative process and it was a day I will always remember.”

The proposal requires the addition of a check box on the dog license application for heart-worm room disease along with vaccinations such as rabies. It is hoped the reminder will encourage people to include heart worm preventative medication, and reduce heart worm disease.

This writer first met Annie when she was a guest on his radio show Max A Pooch’s Awesome Animal Advocates. He has followed Annie’s work and believes she is proof of the kind of positive force our youth can be in effecting change. If you want to show your support for Annie and her bill please email Representative Tony Hwang, thwang@optonline.net

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