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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1095         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 401

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Karen E. Spilka

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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 protecting puppies and kittens.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Karen E. Spilka

Second Middlesex and Norfolk

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

John P. Fresolo

16th Worcester

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

William N. Brownsberger

Second Suffolk and Middlesex

Mark C. Montigny

Second Bristol and Plymouth

Brian R. Mannal

2nd Barnstable

Michael Barrett

Third Middlesex

Kenneth J. Donnelly

Fourth Middlesex

Katherine M. Clark

Fifth Middlesex

Christopher G. Fallon

33rd Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Robert L. Hedlund

Plymouth and Norfolk

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Jason Lewis

 

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire

Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

John F. Keenan

Norfolk and Plymouth


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1095        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 401

By Ms. Spilka, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 401) of Karen E. Spilka, Kathi-Anne Reinstein, Thomas M. Stanley, Denise Provost and other members of the General Court for legislation to protect animals during pet sales.  Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to protecting 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.  Section 39A of Chapter 129 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 14-15, the following words:- “to persons selling, exchanging or otherwise transferring the offspring of their personally owned animals”

              SECTION 2.  Chapter 140 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after section 138A the following section:-

              Section 138B.

              (a) For the purposes of this section:

                 (1) “Hobby breeder” means 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” means 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; or

                 (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; or

                 (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.  Said chapter 140 is hereby further 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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