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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1718        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1445

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Kay Khan

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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 the regulation of animal shelters.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Theodore C. Speliotis

13th Essex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1718        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1445

By Ms. Khan of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1445) of Kay Khan and others relative to the regulation of animal shelters.  Municipalities and Regional Government. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 3704 OF 2009-2010.]

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act relative to the regulation of animal shelters.

 

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

              To Amend Chapter 129 of the General Laws by inserting the following:

              Section 39E: Animal Shelters and Rescue (rehoming) Organizations

              SECTION 1.  Definitions:

              “Shelter” – Any 501 (c)3 organization or other IRS not for profit status organization that finds homes for unowned animals.

              “Rescue Organization” – A 501 (c)3 organization or other IRS not for profit status organization other than a shelter as defined in this act  that arranges for transfer of unowned dogs and cats to temporary or permanent homes in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

              “Department” – Department of Agricultural Resources

              SECTION 2: The Department  may promulgate rules and regulations for the operation of shelter  and rescue organizations operating or conducting business in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts   regarding the transfer of ownership of domestic animals, including but not limited to their importation, transportation, housing and medical treatment. 

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