Bill S.2192 went into effect today.
Thank you Gov. Patrick, for signing this truly progressive bill. First, it outlaws BSL in Massachusetts. OUTLAWS it.
The legislation updates the state’s dangerous dog law so that it now nullifies existing city and town ordinances that focus on particular breeds, such ones that ban pit bulls or require them to be muzzled. Breed-discriminatory legislation has never proven effective at reducing dog bites, and it punishes all citizens living with a particular breed, whether they act as responsible owners or not. The new law requires municipalities to focus on the behavior of misbehaving dogs and their owners, regardless of the breed involved—for example, enforcing existing leash laws for all free-roaming dogs, which are the animals responsible for most reported bites.
- Linda Huebner, Deputy Director of the MSPCA
Second, it requires training for all animal control officers. I had no idea that was not already mandatory!
Third, it creates a statewide program to encourage everyone to spay/neuter their pets.
Finally, it allows restraining orders for domestic violence cases to include not just humans, but also pets.
We are so so proud of our adopted state and hope others are inspired and able to pass similar legislation!
This face will never, ever be muzzled.
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