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Angell Animal Medical Centers – Boston

350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-7282
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293 Second Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 902-8400
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(339) 970-0790
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Angell at Nashoba – Low-Cost Wellness Care

100 Littleton Road, Westford, MA 01886
(978) 577-5992
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1577 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632
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Animal Care and Adoption Centers – Nevins Farm

400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844
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2014 – PAWS, Animal Cruelty

S. 2345: An Act Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety (formerly H. 4388/H. 4328: An Act Relative to the Penalty for Killing, Maiming, or Poisoning Animals)

This law:

Read the law here. It took effect on November 18, 2014.

Thanks to Governor Patrick, Reps. Bruce Ayers and Louis Kafka and Senators Bruce Tarr, Mark Montigny, and Gale Candaras who ensured that the bill moved as far as possible during the formal legislative session.

Background: In August 2013, the Animal Rescue League of Boston responded to the case of “Puppy Doe,” a puppy who was systematically and severely tortured over several months. She had to be humanely euthanized because her injuries were so severe. Her alleged abuser has been charged. The details of this case galvanized people who care about animals to ensure that Puppy Doe’s abuser (and others who engage in such cruel acts) will be penalized in a way that is sufficient for the crime.

As a result, there has been an inquiry into our laws that deal with animal cruelty and efforts to make the laws stronger. While Massachusetts consistently ranks in the top tier of states regarding the strength of our laws to protect animals, there is always room for improvement. The last time the penalties were updated was almost a decade ago — in 2004. And at that time, the increase was less than was originally sought. It is important we remain on the forefront of animal protection and ensure that our laws reflect our values as a community. Additionally, there is a critical link between domestic violence and cruelty to animals. Research has shown consistent patterns of animal cruelty among perpetrators of other forms of violence, including child abuse, spousal abuse, and elder abuse. It’s in everyone’s best interest to address animal abuse as the serious crime it is.

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