Sponsor: Senator Karen Spilka, Representative Bradley
This bill solves problems impacting young cats and dogs, and families throughout the Commonwealth. Both responsible Massachusetts breeders and animal advocates agree that this bill is important to protect animals and consumers in our state.
WHAT WILL THIS BILL DO?
This bill will protect puppies, kittens, their parents and consumers in four ways:
1. Prohibits the sale of puppies and kittens under 8 weeks old,
2. Improves the Massachusetts “Puppy Lemon Law” so that families who unknowingly purchase a sick puppy have better remedies,
3. Requires the promulgation of rules and regulations for certain breeders,
4. Ensures puppies and kittens sold at pet shops don’t come from breeders who have a significant direct violation – or several indirect violations – in the past 2 years from the United States Department of Agriculture under the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and ensure that out-of-state breeders adhere to the same minimum standards that will be set in for Mass. breeders.
During the 2013-2014 session, a similar version of this bill (it did not include #4 - which was added this year) received a favorable report from the Municipalities Committee. (H. 3762)