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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2803         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3342


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



James M. Cantwell


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 regulating boarding kennels and daycare facilities for dogs.






James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

Jason Lewis


Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk

Gale D. Candaras

First Hampden and Hampshire

John P. Fresolo

16th Worcester

Angelo L. D'Emilia

8th Plymouth

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Byron Rushing

9th Suffolk

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2803        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3342

By Mr. Cantwell of Marshfield, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3342) of James M. Cantwell and others for legislation to authorize the Department of Agricultural Resources to promulgate rules and regulations governing boarding kennels and daycare facilities for dogs.  Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An act regulating boarding kennels and daycare facilities for dogs.

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              Chapter 140 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following new section:

              174F.  The Department shall promulgate rules and regulations for boarding kennels and daycare facilities for dogs, including home-based kennels and daycare facilities, including, but not limited to staff qualifications and development, provider/dog ratios and interaction, group sizes and supervision, minimum housing and care requirements, indoor and outdoor physical facility requirements, utilities, dog handling, body language interpretation, breed familiarity, emergency response training, insurance, and penalties for violation thereof.

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