SECTION 1. Section 77 of Chapter 272 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the figure “$5,000” and inserting in place thereof the figure “$5,500”; Section 77 is further amended by striking the figure “$10,000” and inserting in place thereof the figure “$11,000”
SECTION 2. No more than $500 from a single fine incurred for a first offense, and no more than $1,000 from a single fine incurred for subsequent offenses, shall be designated towards a special account in the municipality where the violation occurred.
The monies shall be used solely for funding improvements to the local municipality’s animal shelter. Funds designated towards municipalities without an animal shelter within their jurisdiction will be utilized at the discretion of the local municipality, providing it benefits local groups, nonprofit organizations, or public entities dedicated to the humane treatment of animals and/or the promotion of the adoption of shelter animals.
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