Require Strict Laws Against Suspected Animal Abuse


Target: President of the Massachusetts Senate, Therese Murray

Goal: Thank the Boston Senate leaders for reinforcing penalties for animal abusers and requiring that veterinarians report suspected mistreatment

In Boston, Massachusetts, the State House and Senate have settled on an agreement on a law that will reinforce penalties for suspected animal abuse cases. This law will also require that veterinarians report alleged animal maltreatments.

According to Boston’s NPR News Station, the law requires that veterinarians report any type of suspected animal abuse to authorities, which is not currently a requirement. Under the new bill, veterinarians who choose not to report cases of animal abuse would be reported to the board. This law increases penalties for any type of cruelty to animals, including killing, injuring, and hoarding animals. Included with that, the prison sentence will be longer and monetary penalties will also be increased for these offenses.

This law is in response to 2013’s public reaction to a young pitbull named “Puppy Doe” who had been badly burned, starved, and stabbed to death. After the puppy passed away, the Senate Republicans filed legislation they called “Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety.” After deliberations from the House and the Senate, they worked out their differences and made an agreement for the new bill. One factor the bill does not include is a way to track animal abusers in a registry. Nonetheless, this is a huge first step in saving the lives of innocent animals.

Please sign this petition to thank the Massachusetts House and Senate leaders for agreeing on this new bill to protect our animals.


Dear President of the Massachusetts Senate, Therese Murray,

We applaud you for passing a bill that will increase maximum prison time and fines for animal cruelty. The big modification in this bill is that it requires a veterinarian to report animal abuse, which was not a necessary requirement before.

Puppy Doe was a small dog that went through terrifying abuse for months. Thank you for being aware of this brutal example of animal abuse and making a change to the laws in Massachusetts so that no other animal has to suffer like that ever again.

Signing this bill into law will ensure the best protection for animals that are owned by abusers. It is great news that this legislation has passed. We thank the Massachusetts legislators for stepping forward after a tragedy to make a difference in the lives of all abused animals.


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  1. Emily March says:

    Well done!

  2. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    Massachusetts, you’re off to a good start. Could you guys visit Idaho and give them some classes?


  4. How can I find out what laws California has to protect animals?

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