SECTION 1. Chapter 140 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 141B the following section:-
Section 141C. (a) No person shall sell or offer for sale a puppy or kitten that is under 8 weeks of age. A violation of this subsection shall be punished by a fine of $100 for each puppy or kitten transferred.
SECTION 2. Chapter 140 of the General Laws is hereby further amended by inserting after section 174F, the following section:-
Section 174G. The department shall promulgate rules and regulations for boarding kennels and daycare facilities for dogs and cats, including home-based kennels and catteries and daycare facilities, including, but not limited to staff to dog and cat ratios, group sizes and supervision, minimum housing and care requirements, indoor and outdoor physical facility requirements, dog and cat handling, insurance, and penalties for violation thereof.
The department shall make rules and regulations for the maintenance and inspection of commercial breeder kennels or catteries and personal kennels or catteries in which not less than 5 sexually-intact female dogs or cats are kept for the purpose of breeding the dogs or cats and sell the offspring as household pets. The rules and regulations shall ensure that the dogs, cats and offspring thereof: (i) have proper housing, which shall include requirements for adequate space, temperature, solid flooring and a prohibition on the stacking of cages, nutrition, hydration, behavioral requirements, grooming, staffing, handling, health and veterinary care, waste disposal, exercise, socialization and other general standards of care; (ii) are bred in accordance with responsible breeding practices; and (iii) have their housing regularly inspected to ensure that their kennels and catteries are maintained in accordance with this section.
In developing rules and regulations under this section, the department shall consider the recommended standards of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
The rules and regulations must be promulgated not more than 18 months after date of enactment.
SECTION 3. Section 136A of chapter 140 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the definition of “Attack” the following definition:-
“Cattery”, a pack or collection of cats on a single premises, including a commercial boarding or training cattery, a commercial breeder cattery, a domestic charitable corporation cattery, a personal cattery and a veterinary cattery.
SECTION 4. Said chapter 140 is hereby further amended by striking out section 137C, as so appearing, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 137C. (a) The mayor of a city, the selectmen of a town, the police commissioner in the city of Boston, a chief of police or an animal control officer shall inspect a kennel or cattery or cause the inspection of a kennel or cattery at least 1 time per year. If a person holding a license or applying for a license to operate a kennel or cattery refuses to allow an inspector to enter and inspect a kennel or cattery, the refusal shall be grounds for denial, suspension or revocation of a person’s license to operate a kennel or cattery.
Twenty-five citizens of a city or town may file a petition with the mayor of a city, the selectmen of a town or the police commissioner in the city of Boston, as the case may be, stating that they are aggrieved or annoyed to an unreasonable extent that constitutes a nuisance by a dog or cat maintained in the city or town due to excessive barking or other conditions connected with a kennel or cattery. The mayor, selectmen or police commissioner, as the case may be, shall, not more than 7 days after the filing of the petition, give notice to all interested parties of a public hearing. The hearing shall be held not more than 14 days after the date of the notice. The mayor, selectmen or police commissioner shall, not more than 7 days after the public hearing, investigate or cause to be investigated the subject matter of the petition and shall, by order: (i) suspend the kennel or cattery license; (ii) revoke the kennel or cattery license; (iii) further regulate the kennel or cattery; or (iv) dismiss the petition.
(b) The inspection of a kennel or cattery to enforce the rules and regulations promulgated under section 174G may be done by the commissioner or an authorized inspector and shall take place between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. unless an alternate time is mutually agreed upon by the inspector and the operator. The operator or an authorized agent of the operator shall be present during the inspection and the operator shall be given a reasonable notice prior to the inspection; provided, however, that the commissioner or other authorized inspector may determine that it is not appropriate to provide advance notice to the operator before arriving at the facility if necessary to adequately perform the inspection. If a kennel or cattery regulated under said section 174G is located at a private residence, only the areas of the residence that are used for kennel or cattery purposes or for the maintenance of kennel or cattery records shall be required to be available for inspection. If in the judgment of the commissioner or an authorized inspector a kennel or cattery is not being maintained in a sanitary and humane manner or if records have not been properly kept as required by law and in compliance with said section 174G, the commissioner or authorized inspector shall, by order, suspend the license for the kennel or cattery depending on the severity of the offense or issue to the operator a written citation or notice which explains the noncompliant issue and requires the operator to come into compliance within a reasonable, specified timeframe. If the operator fails to come into compliance within the time period specified by the commissioner or authorized inspector, the commissioner or authorized inspector shall, by order, revoke the license for the kennel or cattery.
(c) A written notice under subsection (a) or (b) of an order revoking or suspending the license, further regulating the kennel or cattery or dismissing the petition shall be mailed immediately to the licensee and to the officer that issued the license. Not more than 10 days after the written notice of the order, the licensee may file a petition in the district court in the judicial district in which the kennel or cattery is maintained seeking review of the order. The decision of the court shall be final and conclusive upon the parties. A person maintaining a kennel or cattery after the license to maintain a kennel or cattery has been revoked or suspended shall be punished by a fine of not more than $250 for a first offense, by a fine of not less than $500 for a second offense and by a fine of not more than $1,500 for a third or subsequent offense.
SECTION 5. Section 137 of chapter 140 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in subsection (c), the first and second sentence.
SECTION 6. Section 137 of chapter 140 of the General Laws is hereby further amended by striking out, in line 19, the words “leather or other”
SECTION 7. Section 137 of chapter 140 of the General Laws is hereby further amended by striking out, in subsection (c), the sixth sentence.
SECTION 8. Section 137A of chapter 140 of the General Laws, is hereby amended by striking out subsection (a), as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:-
(a) A person keeping more than 4 dogs, 3 months old or older shall obtain a kennel license. The kennel license is in addition to the individual licenses for dogs over the age of 6 months, as required in section 137. In the case of an applicant for initial licensure and in the case of an applicant for license renewal, a licensing authority shall deny a kennel license until a kennel has passed inspection by an animal control officer.
SECTION 9. Section 137A of chapter 140 of the General Laws, is hereby further amended by striking out, in subsection (b), the first through the fourth sentence.
SECTION 10. Section 137A of chapter 140 of the General Laws, is hereby further amended by striking out, in subsection (b), the sixth sentence.
SECTION 11. Section 137A of chapter 140 of the General Laws is hereby further amended by inserting, after subsection (c), the following subsection:- (d) The licensing authority shall specify the maximum number of dogs that may be maintained by the licensee on the license. Such number shall be determined by the licensing authority and the animal control officer following the required inspection.
SECTION 12. Said chapter 140 is hereby further amended by striking section 137B, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 137B. (a) Every holder of a kennel license, on delivering a dog to a purchaser or to any other person, shall record the name and address of such purchaser, the date of purchase, exchange or gift and a description of the dog. (b) The licensee shall retain such records for a period of 36 months.
(c) The licensee shall within 30 days of the date of purchase, exchange or gift send a copy of the record to: (i) the clerk in the city or town where the kennel license is held; and (ii) the licensing authority in the city or town where such purchaser resides.
SECTION 13. Chapter 140 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 141C the following section:-
Section 141D. (a) No person shall sell, exchange, trade, barter, lease or display for commercial purposes any dog or cat on any roadside, public right-of-way, parkway, median, park or other recreation area, flea market or other outdoor market, or commercial or retail parking lot.
(b) This section shall not apply to: (1) the transfer of a dog or cat by, or to, a shelter, municipal animal control facility or animal rescue organization that is registered with the department, if required, and regardless of payment or compensation; or (2) the display of a dog or cat as part of a state or county fair exhibition, a 4-H program or similar exhibition or educational program.
(c) A person that violates this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than $50 for a first offense, a fine of not more than $100 for a second offense and a fine of not more than $300 for a third or subsequent offense. Each dog or cat sold in violation of this section shall constitute a separate offense.
(d) A city or town shall enforce this section through its animal control officers or police officers in a manner consistent with the disposition provisions in section 21D of chapter 40.
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