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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 498         FILED ON: 1/19/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 789


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Patricia D. Jehlen


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 to protect animals.






Patricia D. Jehlen


Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

William N. Brownsberger


James B. Eldridge


Gloria L. Fox

7th Suffolk

Robert L. Hedlund


Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Christopher N. Speranzo

3rd Berkshire

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

SENATE DOCKET, NO. 498        FILED ON: 1/19/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 789

By Ms. Jehlen, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 789) of Patricia D. Jehlen, Jennifer E. Benson, William N. Brownsberger, James B. Eldridge and other members of the General Court for legislation to protect animals.  The Judiciary. 


SEE SENATE, NO. 1710 OF 2009-2010.]

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act to protect 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.    Section 34D of chapter 208 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the full sentence beginning at line 25 through line 31, and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-

                          In all instances where an outstanding warrant exists, 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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