In response to the egregious tortured and starved pit bull puppy named "Puppy Doe" discovered clinging to life on Carrolls Lane in Quincy on Aug. 31, Gloucester Republican Senator Bruce Tarr is pushing to increase penalties to punish those convicted of animal cruelty.
The tragic, short life of the young dog revealed a heartbreaking story of a dog whose bones were cruelly pulled apart, tortured, starved, and disfigured. Dr. Martha Smith, of the Animal Rescue League of Boston stated Puppy Doe was the worst case of animal cruelty and abuse she had ever seen.
According to Boston.cbslocal.com, fines would be increased for those convicted of malicious killing, maiming, disfiguring, or attempting to poison domestic pets from the current fine of $2,500 to $10,000. A person who leaves the scene of an accident after hitting a dog would be subject to a maximum fine of $2,000. The current fine is only $50.
In addition, an anonymous tip line would be established to report cases of animal abuse and cruelty. A registry of individuals convicted of animal abuse would be made available to shelters, pet rescues, and pet stores.
Veterinarians who do not report suspected cases of animal abuse would be subject to fines.
The person(s) responsible for torturing "Puppy Doe" has not been found yet, but advocates assure us they will not give up.
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