From the MSPCA:
BIG NEWS! The MA Senate just passed PAWS II to strengthen animal cruelty laws in our state!
S. 2332 - “An Act to Protect Animal Welfare and Safety” (PAWS II) sponsored by Senator Mark C. Montigny and State Senator Bruce Tarr would, among other things:
● Ensure animals don’t suffer and die when abandoned in vacated properties by requiring a property owner to check for animals within 3 days of when the owner knew or should have known that the property was vacated;
● Explicitly prohibit drowning animals;
● Require employees of certain agencies to report suspected animal cruelty, abuse, or neglect in the course of their work;
● Remove requirement that animal victims of animal fighting operations be euthanized.
● Prohibits sexual contact with an animal or forcing a child to engage in sexual contact with an animal.
A broad-based Animal Cruelty and Protection Task Force worked for more than 18 months to craft comprehensive legislative solutions that address a wide variety of animal cruelty issues. This task force was formed in 2014 after outcry from the “Puppy Doe” case and an acknowledgment from legislators that we can do more to protect animals. The trial of “Puppy Doe’s” alleged abuser is currently underway in Norfolk Superior Court. The bill will now head to the House, where State Representative Lou Kafka is the lead House sponsor.