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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1471         FILED ON: 1/21/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 682

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Katherine M. Clark

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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 domestic violence and animals.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Katherine M. Clark

Middlesex and Essex

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

William N. Brownsberger

 

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

John P. Fresolo

16th Worcester

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Michael D. Brady

9th Plymouth

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Sonia Chang-Diaz

 

Kenneth J. Donnelly

 

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

 

Ann-Margaret Ferrante

5th Essex

Gloria L. Fox

7th Suffolk

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Jason M. Lewis

31st Middlesex

Mark C. Montigny

 

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

William Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Stephen Stat Smith

28th Middlesex

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire

David B. Sullivan

6th Bristol

Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

Alice K. Wolf

25th Middlesex


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1471        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 682

By Ms. Clark, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 682) of Katherine M. Clark, Lori A. Ehrlich, Stephen L. DiNatale, William N. Brownsberger and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to domestic violence and animals.  The Judiciary. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act relative to domestic violence and animals.
 

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

              SECTION 1. When issuing a temporary or permanent vacate, stay away, restraining or no contact order or judgment issued pursuant to sections 18, 34B or 34C of chapter 208; section 32 of chapter 209; sections 3, 4 or 5 of chapter 209A; section 15 or 20 of chapter 209C; or sections 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 of chapter 258E; or a temporary restraining order or preliminary or permanent injunction issued by the superior court the court may order the possession, care and control of any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by either party or a minor child residing in the household to the plaintiff. The court may order the defendant to refrain from abusing, threatening, taking, interfering with, transferring, encumbering, concealing, harming, or otherwise disposing of the animal. 

              A person, who qualifies, may petition the court pursuant to sections 18, 34B or 34C of chapter 208; section 32 of chapter 209; sections 3, 4 or 5 of chapter 209A; section 15 or 20 of chapter 209C; or sections 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 of chapter 258E for an order that the defendant refrain from abusing, threatening, taking, interfering with, transferring, encumbering, concealing, harming, or otherwise disposing of the animal.

              The chief justice of administration and management shall amend the relevant complaint forms for chapters 208, 209A, 209C and 258E or shall adopt a form complaint for use under this chapter which shall be in such form and language to permit a plaintiff to prepare and file such complaint pro se.

              In all instances where an outstanding warrant exists or a violation of a temporary or permanent vacate, stay away, restraining or no contact order or judgment issued pursuant to sections 18, 34B or 34C of chapter 208; section 32 of chapter 209; sections 3, 4 or 5 of chapter 209A; section 15 or 20 of chapter 209C; or sections 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 of chapter 258E a judge shall make a finding, based upon all of the circumstances, as to whether an imminent threat of bodily injury exists to the petitioner or to a domesticated animal. In all instances where such an imminent threat of bodily injury to a human being or a domesticated animal is found to exist, the judge shall notify the appropriate law enforcement officials of  such finding and such officials shall take all necessary actions to execute any such outstanding warrant as soon as is practicable.

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