AN ACT REQUIRING THE POSTING OF SECURITY FOR THE SEIZURE AND IMPOUNDMENT OF ANIMALS.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Chapter 272 of the General Laws is
hereby amended by adding the following section:-
Section 104. (a) As used in this section the word "Authority" shall mean
agent thereof that
or impounds an animal pursuant to the General Laws.
(b) If an animal is lawfully seized or impounded pursuant to
Laws relating to cruelty to animals or animal fighting,
the owner, custodian or person claiming an
interest in the animal, shall be given a show cause hearing within 30 days
after application for the complaint.
(c) If an animal is lawfully seized and impounded, the authority may file a
petition with the court requesting that the person from whom an animal is
or a person claiming an interest in the seized animal, be ordered to post a
security. The authority shall serve a copy of the petition on the person from
whom the animal was seized, or if the person cannot be found, by posting of
at the place where the animal was taken into custody. The authority shall also
serve a copy of the petition on the district attorney. The court may order
person to post a security.
(d) The security shall be in an amount sufficient to secure payment for all
reasonable expenses to be incurred by the authority having custody of the
animal for a temporary period of at least 30 days. The amount of the security
shall be determined by the court upon the recommendation
of the authority. Reasonable
expenses shall include, but shall not be limited to, estimated medical care,
shelter, and board.
(e) When security is posted in accordance with this section, the authority
draw from the security the actual reasonable costs incurred for medical care,
shelter, and board.
(f) If the court orders the posting of security, the security shall be
with the clerk within 10 business days of the show cause hearing. The court
shall order the immediate forfeiture of the seized animal to the authority if
person fails to post security as ordered. The
may waive the security requirement or reduce the amount of the security for
good cause shown.
(g) Posting of the security shall not prevent the authority from disposing
seized or impounded animal before the expiration of the period covered by the
security, if the court rules in favor of the authority.
(h) The authority may humanely dispose of the animal at the end of the
which expenses are covered by the security, if the court orders the
disposition. If the disposition order is denied, the court may require the
or custodian or any other person claiming interest in the animal, to
provide additional security to secure payment of reasonable expenses and to
extend the period of time pending adjudication by the court of the charges
against the person from whom the animal was seized.
(i) The owner or custodian of an animal humanely killed pursuant to
this section shall not be entitled to recover damages or the actual value of
if the owner or custodian failed to post security.
(j) The court may direct a refund to the person who posted the security in
or part for any expenses not incurred by the authority. The court may direct a
refund to the person who posted security upon acquittal of the charges.