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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2908        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2326


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

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Michael D. Brady

9th Plymouth

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Robert L. Hedlund


Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

William N. Brownsberger


Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2908        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2326

By Mr. Kafka of Stoughton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2326) of Louis L. Kafka and others relative to the care of animals in cities and towns.  Municipalities and Regional Government. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



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 knowingly and unjustifiably fails to provide the animal with veterinary care that results in unnecessary suffering,

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