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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 279        FILED ON: 1/9/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1852


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Louis L. Kafka


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 ensure adequate care of animals in cities and towns.






Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

William C. Galvin

6th Norfolk

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

Carlo Basile

1st Suffolk

James E. Timilty

Bristol and Norfolk

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Mark J. Cusack

5th Norfolk

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Michael D. Brady

9th Plymouth

William Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

Mark C. Montigny

Second Bristol and Plymouth

Kevin G. Honan

17th Suffolk

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Walter F. Timilty

7th Norfolk

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

John J. Binienda

17th Worcester

James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk

William N. Brownsberger

Second Suffolk and Middlesex

Gale D. Candaras

First Hampden and Hampshire

Timothy R. Madden

Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket

Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth

Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth

John P. Fresolo

16th Worcester

Brian R. Mannal

2nd Barnstable

Eugene L. O'Flaherty

2nd Suffolk

James T. Welch


Gailanne M. Cariddi

1st Berkshire

John J. Lawn, Jr.

10th Middlesex

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Byron Rushing

9th Suffolk

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Jeffrey N. Roy

10th Norfolk

Patricia A. Haddad

5th Bristol

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 279        FILED ON: 1/9/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1852

By Mr. Kafka of Stoughton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1852) of Louis L. Kafka and others relative to the care of animals in cities and towns.  Municipalities and Regional Government. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 2326 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act to ensure adequate care of animals in cities and towns.


              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 151 of chapter 140 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding in line 22 after the word town, the following sentence:

              In addition to any assistance the dog officer provides, the dog officer shall maintain a list of additional resources available to residents who are unable to care for an animal.

              SECTION 2. Section 77 of chapter 272 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding, after the word "kind," in line 18, the following words:- or fails to provide the animal with veterinary care that results in unnecessary suffering,

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