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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Tram T. Nguyen


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to protecting animals from abusers.






Tram T. Nguyen

18th Essex

Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

John Barrett, III

1st Berkshire

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

Nika C. Elugardo

15th Suffolk

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

James K. Hawkins

2nd Bristol

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Jack Patrick Lewis

7th Middlesex

Joseph W. McGonagle, Jr.

28th Middlesex

Frank A. Moran

17th Essex

Brian W. Murray

10th Worcester

Patrick M. O'Connor

Plymouth and Norfolk

David Allen Robertson

19th Middlesex

Lindsay N. Sabadosa

1st Hampshire

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

José F. Tosado

9th Hampden

Tommy Vitolo

15th Norfolk

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

Joanne M. Comerford

Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester

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By Ms. Nguyen of Andover, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3772) of Tram T. Nguyen and others relative to penalties for cruelty to animals.  The Judiciary.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court



An Act relative to protecting animals from abusers.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Section 77 of chapter 272 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:- A person convicted of a violation of section 77, 77A, 77C, 80 ½, 94 or 95 shall not harbor, own, possess, exercise control over, adopt, or foster an animal for any length of time that the court deems reasonable for the protection of all animals; provided, however, that the length of time shall not be less than 5 years after the person’s release from custody.

Any person found in violation of an order incorporating the provisions of this section may, in addition to any other punishment provided by law, be fined in an amount not exceeding $1,000 for each animal held in unlawful ownership or possession. Any animal involved in a violation described in this section shall be forfeited to the State.