Abandoned Animals in Vacant Properties

S. 1127, H. 2426: An Act protecting abandoned animals in vacant properties

MSPCA Position: Support
Sponsor:  Senator James Eldridge, Representative Dave Rogers
Status:  These provisions passed and were signed into law as part of PAWS II. They took effect on November 8, 2018.

What is the problem with abandoned animals?

While animal abandonment is a felony (Ch. 272 sec. 77), animals who are abandoned in vacant properties due to foreclosure, eviction or other termination of tenancy, can suffer and die if not found. They are left without any means to fend for themselves. Additionally, property owners, animal control officers and others can be unclear about what they can do to with an animal who has been left behind.

What would the bill do?

The bill would reduce animal suffering and death and clarify responsibilities of relevant parties. It would:


Unfortunately, there are many cases that demonstrate the need for better laws. For example:

This bill passed the Senate during the 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 sessions.

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