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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1738         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1874

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

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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 to protect puppies and kittens.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

Karen E. Spilka

Second Middlesex and Norfolk

Patricia A. Haddad

5th Bristol

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Linda Dorcena Forry

12th Suffolk

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Jay R. Kaufman

15th Middlesex

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

Ann-Margaret Ferrante

5th Essex

Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex

Carlo Basile

1st Suffolk

Gailanne M. Cariddi

1st Berkshire

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Jason Lewis

 

John P. Fresolo

16th Worcester

Cleon H. Turner

1st Barnstable

Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth

Denise C. Garlick

13th Norfolk

Alan Silvia

7th Bristol

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Brian R. Mannal

2nd Barnstable

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

William Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

James R. Miceli

19th Middlesex

Michael Barrett

Third Middlesex

Katherine M. Clark

Fifth Middlesex

Christopher G. Fallon

33rd Middlesex

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

John V. Fernandes

10th Worcester

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Timothy R. Madden

Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth

Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

Mark J. Cusack

5th Norfolk

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

Jeffrey N. Roy

10th Norfolk

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1738        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1874

By Ms. Reinstein of Revere, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1874) of Kathi-Anne Reinstein and others relative to the protection of puppies and kittens.  Municipalities and Regional Government. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act to protect puppies and kittens.
 

              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.  Chapter 129 is hereby amended by deleting in section 39A the following provision: –

              “to persons selling, exchanging or otherwise transferring the offspring of their personally owned animals”

              SECTION 2.  Chapter 140 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting the following section:

              Section 138B.

              (a)              For the purposes of this Chapter

              1.              “Hobby breeder” is defined as a person engaged in the incidental breeding and subsequent sale, barter or exchange of the offspring of no more than three personally owned breeding females.

              2.              "Purchaser" means a person who purchases a dog or cat from a pet dealer without the intent to resell the animal.

              3.              “Pet Dealer” refers to any pet shop, commercial breeder kennel, hobby breeder, personal kennel, firm or corporation that sells dogs or cats to the public.

              (b)              No pet dealer shall sell in the commonwealth a dog or cat less than 8 weeks of age. Violation of this section shall result in a $100 fine per offense.

              (c)              If a licensed veterinarian states in writing that within 15 days after the purchaser has taken physical possession of the dog after the sale by a pet dealer, the dog has become ill due to

              any illness that existed in the dog on or before delivery of the dog to the purchaser, or, if within one year after the purchaser has taken physical possession of the dog after the sale, a veterinarian licensed in this Commonwealth states in writing that the dog has a congenital or hereditary condition that adversely affects the health of the dog, or that requires, or is likely in the future to require, hospitalization or nonelective surgical procedures, the dog shall be

              considered unfit for sale, and the pet dealer shall provide the purchaser with any of the following remedies that the purchaser elects:

              (1) Return the dog to the pet dealer for a refund of the purchase price, plus sales tax, and reimbursement for reasonable veterinary fees for diagnosis and treating the dog in an amount not to exceed the original purchase price of the dog, plus sales tax.

              (2) Exchange the dog for a dog of the purchaser's choice of equivalent value, providing a replacement dog is available, and reimbursement for reasonable veterinary fees for diagnosis and treating the dog in an amount not to exceed the original purchase price of the dog, plus sales tax.

              (3) Retain the dog, and reimbursement for reasonable veterinary fees for diagnosis and treating the dog in an amount not to exceed 150 percent of the original purchase price of the dog, plus sales tax on the original purchase price of the dog.

              (d) If the dog has died, regardless of the date of the death of the dog, obtain a refund for the purchase price of the dog, plus sales tax, or a replacement dog of equivalent value of the purchaser's choice and reimbursement for reasonable veterinary fees in diagnosis and treatment of the dog in an amount not to exceed the original purchase price of the dog, plus sales tax, if either of the following conditions exist:

              (1) A veterinarian, licensed in this state, states in writing that the dog has died due to an illness or disease that existed within 15 days after the purchaser obtained physical possession of the dog after the sale by a pet dealer.

              (2) A veterinarian, licensed in this state, states in writing that the dog has died due to a congenital or hereditary condition that was diagnosed by the veterinarian within one year after the purchaser obtained physical possession of the dog after the sale by a pet dealer.

              Sections (c) and (d) shall not apply to hobby breeders, shelters or to a non-profit organization that houses or adopts animals for the purpose of protecting animals from cruelty, neglect, abuse, or homelessness.

              SECTION 3.  Chapter 140 is hereby amended by inserting after section 174E the following section: –

              Section 174F. The Department shall make rules and regulations for Commercial Breeder Kennels and Personal Kennels where the breeding of personally owned dogs and cats takes place, and to persons otherwise selling, exchanging or otherwise transferring the offspring of their personally owned dogs and cats. The rules and regulations shall ensure that the animals have proper housing, nutrition, hydration, behavioral requirements, grooming, staffing, handling, health and veterinary care, waste disposal, and other general standards of care.  Rules and regulations developed in accordance with this subsection shall meet or exceed corresponding standards developed by the American Veterinary Medical Association Regulations to Assure Appropriate Care For Dogs Intended For Use As Pets, as published on April 9, 2010.  

              This section shall not apply to hobby breeders, shelters or to a non-profit organization that houses or adopts animals for the purpose of protecting animals from cruelty, neglect, abuse, or homelessness.

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