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Outside at Ashburton Park, surrounded by both humans and puppies alike, Governor Charlie Baker ceremoniously signed An Act preventing animal suffering and death. This legislation prohibits the confinement of animals to vehicles where they are subject to danger from extreme weather conditions, limits the length animals can be tethered outdoors, and enables first responders and bystanders to assist in their rescue. Senator Mark Montigny (D – New Bedford) and Representative Lori Ehrlich, the lead sponsors in their respective chambers, also spoke to the assembled crowd.

This legislation allows police officers, firefighters, and animal control officers to enter vehicles to rescue an animal and allows citizens to act similarly in rescuing an animal in imminent danger after first calling 911. All first responders are granted immunity from both civil and criminal liability, and violators will be subject to fines for such conduct. The law reduces the number of hours each day during which a dog can be tethered outside from 24 hours to 5 hours, limits tethering to 15 supervised minutes during the hours of 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM, and prohibits any outdoor tethering during severe weather. The bill increases the fines for second offense tethering violations from $100 to $200 and $300 to $500 for subsequent offenses.

Animal Safety Bill Signing 08.24.2016

Animal Safety Bill Signing 08.24.2016

Animal Safety Bill Signing 08.24.2016

Animal Safety Bill Signing 08.24.2016

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