Puppies and Kittens Bill

S. 2331 (formerly S. 1155): An Act to protect puppies and kittens

MSPCA Position: Support
Sponsors: Senator Karen Spilka, Representative Jennifer Benson
Status: Passed the Senate on March 15, 2018; in House Ways and Means

Take Action to Protect Puppies and Kittens

This bill solves problems affecting young cats and dogs, in addition to families throughout the Commonwealth. 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; and
4.    Ensures puppies and kittens sold at pet shops don’t come from breeders who have violations in the past 3 years from the United States Department of Agriculture under the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and ensures that all breeders who sell at pet shops adhere to the same minimum standards that will be set for Mass. breeders.

Read more about this bill and our testimony.

Read more about pet shops and “puppy mills.”

Read media about the bill’s passage in the Senate in the 2015-2016 session:

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