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Massachusetts Committee to Consider Numerous Dog Bills on Tuesday, July 9

(Wednesday, July 03, 2013)

The Massachusetts Joint Committee on the Judiciary is scheduled to consider several proposals related to dogs at its hearing on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. 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 of Bills:

Over 200 bills are scheduled to be considered by the joint committee, including the following pertaining to dogs:

House Bill 1262 – 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 1335 – This bill seeks to require persons convicted of animal abuse to register with an animal abuse registry; and would assess a charge of $0.05 per pound of pet food purchased to fund the creation, administration, and updating of the internet-based animal abuser registry.

House Bill 1416 – This bill also seeks to develop 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 the convicted individual’s personal information.

Senate Bill 807 – This bill also seeks to develop a state animal abuse registry; and would require dog breeders to check an online public list to ensure that dogs are not sold to those who have been convicted of cruelty. Failure to do so would result in criminal charges.

For more information on these and other bills pending in Massachusetts, visit MassFed’s website at www.massfeddogs.org; or contact the AKC Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or email doglaw@akc.org.