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2006 – Animal Fighting and Cruelty Laws are Strengthened

An Act Relating to the Penalties for Animal Fighting was passed and strengthened Massachusetts’ statutes pertaining to animal fighting. The law enables better enforcement by clarifying the authority of law enforcement to seize paraphernalia intended to be used for illegal animal fighting and to seize the offspring of animals who are intended to be used in future fights.  The law also requires the forfeiture or surrender of an animal if the owner has been convicted of animal cruelty, so that the animal does not go back to the abuser.

Read the law in full here.

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