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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3883        FILED ON: 9/25/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3692

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Louis L. Kafka

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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 animal cruelty.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

William C. Galvin

6th Norfolk

Ronald Mariano

3rd Norfolk

Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

John H. Rogers

12th Norfolk

Peter J. Durant

6th Worcester

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Linda Campbell

15th Essex

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

Timothy R. Madden

Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket

Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol

Diana DiZoglio

14th Essex

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Claire D. Cronin

11th Plymouth

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Daniel B. Winslow

9th Norfolk

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

Walter F. Timilty

7th Norfolk

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Sean Curran

9th Hampden

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

Leonard Mirra

2nd Essex

Gale D. Candaras

First Hampden and Hampshire


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3883        FILED ON: 9/25/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3692

By Mr. Kafka of Stoughton, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Louis L. Kafka and others relative to animal cruelty.  The Judiciary. 

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to animal cruelty.

 

              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 77 of chapter 272 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by, in line 2, striking out the words, “,tortures, torments… cruelly”

              SECTION 2. Section 77 of chapter 272 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by, in line 3, striking out the words, “beats, mutilates or kills an animal”

              SECTION 3. Section 77 of chapter 272 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by, in line 4, striking out the word, “tortured”

              SECTION 4. Section 77 of chapter 272 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by, in line 5, striking out the words, “tormented, cruelly beaten, mutilated or killed”

              SECTION 5. Section 77 of chapter 272 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by, in line 17, striking out the words, “unnecessary torture”

              SECTION 6. Section 77 of Chapter 272 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the first paragraph the following paragraph:-

              Whoever tortures, torments, cruelly beats, mutilates or kills an animal, or causes or procures an animal to be tortured, tormented, cruelly beaten, mutilated or killed, or knowingly and willfully authorizes or permits it to be subjected to unnecessary torture shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 10 years or imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than 2.5 years or by a fine of not more than $25,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment. In addition to any other sentence it may impost, a court shall order the defendant to undergo a psychiatric, psychological or mental health evaluation, and if warranted by the condition of the defendant, shall order the defendant to undergo appropriate care or treatment.  All costs of the evaluation, care and treatment shall be borne by the defendant. In addition to any other penalty provided by law, upon conviction for any violation of this section or of sections seventy-seven A, seventy-eight, seventy-eight A, seventy-nine A, seventy-nine B, eighty A, eighty B, eighty C, eighty D, eighty F, eighty-six, eighty-six A, eighty-six B or ninety-four the defendant shall forfeit to the custody of any society, incorporated under the laws of the commonwealth for the prevention of cruelty to animals or for the care and protection of homeless or suffering animals, the animal whose treatment was the basis of such conviction.

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