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Massachusetts animal cruelty law hearing scheduled at the State House

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Two bills regarding the animal cruelty laws in Massachusetts go before the State House on April 24, 2014. Animal cruelty laws have not been updated since 2004. The recent case regarding Puppy Doe, the severely abused pit bull found in Quincy, brought forth a rewriting of the laws in order to strengthen the existing ones.

H. 3692: An Act Relating to Animal Cruelty will increase the penalties for the “worst types of animal cruelty”, such as torture or mutilation. Fines would increase from $2,500 to $25,000 and maximum prison time from 5 years to 10 years per count.

S. 1914: An Act Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety (PAWS) will increase the penalties for animal abuse (not considered the “worst”), increase the penalties for hit and runs involving animals, create a statewide registry for convicted animal abusers, as well as a variety of other improvements.

The hearing will take place in room A-2 at 1:30 p.m. and end after everyone has spoken. Testimony is open to the public and you will be required to sign in when you arrive. Please visit the MSPCA for more information regarding what to expect, how to dress, tips on speaking and how to get to the State House.

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