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Massachusetts Committee To Consider Numerous Dog Bills On Wednesday, October 5

(Friday, September 30, 2011)

The Massachusetts Joint Committee on the Judiciary is scheduled to consider several proposals related to dogs at its hearing on Wednesday, October 5, 2011. Concerned responsible dog owners in Massachusetts are encouraged to attend the hearing or contact the committee with comments on any of the bills on the agenda.

View the names and contact information for the committee here.

If you are interested in attending the hearing, please contact the Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners (MassFed) at info@massfeddogs.org.

Summary:

Over 160 bills are scheduled to be considered by the joint committee, including:

House Bill 2228 – This bill seeks to establish a public registry of animal abusers; and would require a county sheriff to notify every residence, school, humane society, animal shelter, and any other business within a half-mile radius of the person’s residence or location and provide them with their personal information.

House Bill 2810 – This bill seeks to increase the penalties for an animal cruelty conviction with jail time up to 10 years and fines up to $5,000.

House Bill 3682 – Like HB 2228, this bill also seeks to create an animal abuse registry. However, if enacted as introduced, this bill would require dog breeders to check an online public list to ensure that dogs are not sold to animal abusers.

Senate Bill 682 – This bill seeks to include animals in protection or restraining orders.

Senate Bill 876 – This bill also seeks to develop a state animal abuse registry; and, like HB 3682, would require dog breeders to check an online public list to ensure that dogs are not sold to those who have been convicted of animal cruelty.

For more information on these and other bills on the agenda, visit the Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners website at www.massfeddogs.org; or contact the AKC Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or e-mail doglaw@akc.org.