A state task force studying the sale of cats and dogs in Connecticut has planned a public hearing in Fairfield on Wednesday evening, Oct. 16, to hear community views on the topic.

State Rep, Brenda Kupchick, R-132, has filed legislation that would ban the sale in Connecticut of dogs produced by puppy mills and is heading the task force, House Republicans said in a news release.

The meeting will take place at Fairfield Board of Education headquarters at 501 Kings Highway East. Registration for those wishing to speak begins at 6 p.m., and the hearing is scheduled for 7.

The topic is: "Ways to Improve the Puppy Industry and Ensure Healthy Animals in Connecticut." Speakers will be limited to three minutes each, according to the release.

"I encourage members of the surrounding communities to attend these very important meetings and provide the task force with their personal testimony so that we can complete this important work," Kupchick said in the release.

A second hearing is planned in Hartford on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. in Room 1D of the Legislative Office Building. The topic of that hearing will be "Should Puppies and Cats be Banned for Sale in Pet Stores?"

For both hearings, speakers will be required to register no earlier than one hour before the hearing outside of the room, House Republicans said. Sign-ups will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The first hour will be reserved for any legislators or chief elected officials who wish to testify. Speakers at the hearing will be limited to three minutes of spoken testimony, after which, the members of the Task Force will have the option to ask questions.

Written testimony may be emailed one day before a hearing to: CTPS@cga.ct.gov. Those submitting written testimoney the day of the hearing must provide 15 copiesw, according to the release.