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Can You Take your Dog to a Restaurant or Grocery Store? Posted on Sep 26

Can You Take your Dog to a Restaurant or Grocery Store?

Massachusetts regulations (105 CMR 590.007) follow the federal Food and Drug Administration’s Food Code (1999 edition) (section 6-501.115), which states that “live animals may not be allowed on the premises of a food establishment”, with certain exceptions, which include fish in aquariums or edible seafood under refrigeration   …Continue Reading Can You Take your Dog to a Restaurant or Grocery Store?

Can You Move that Squirrel? Posted on Sep 12

Can You Move that Squirrel?

Many of us have pesky squirrels stealing bird seed from our bird feeders.   Sometimes it looks like a particularly smart squirrel has figured out a way to get to the feeder, while others haven’t figured it out yet.  We’d like to get rid of the   …Continue Reading Can You Move that Squirrel?

Endangered Species Day Posted on Sep 9

Endangered Species Day

Saturday, September 10, 2016 is “Endangered Species Day” in Massachusetts. American Bittern (Botaurus Lentiginosus) According to Massachusetts General Law chapter 6 section 15EE: “The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart the second Saturday in September as “Endangered Species Day” and recommending that said day shall   …Continue Reading Endangered Species Day

Rescuing pets from hot cars Posted on Aug 26

Rescuing pets from hot cars

A new law for animal welfare gives pets more protections from extreme heat and weather. St. 2016, c. 248 An Act Preventing Animal Suffering And Death was signed in a ceremony by Governor Charlie Baker August 24 after Bill S.2369‘s enaction in mid-August. Massachusetts joins   …Continue Reading Rescuing pets from hot cars

Will Your Pets Be Left Behind in the Storm? Posted on Jul 6

Will Your Pets Be Left Behind in the Storm?

Hurricane Arthur is making it’s way up the east coast. If disaster strikes or evacuations occur, what happens to the furry members of the family? Massachusetts has passed a new law that protects pets in case of weather disasters. Not only are cities and towns   …Continue Reading Will Your Pets Be Left Behind in the Storm?

Massachusetts Appeals Court affirms recovery of reasonable vet bills for damage caused by dogs Posted on May 13

The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently affirmed a decision in favor of the owner of a dog, attacked by another dog, whose vet bills exceeded the market value of the injured dog. Both plaintiff and defendant assumed that the over $8,000 veterinary bill exceeded the market   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Appeals Court affirms recovery of reasonable vet bills for damage caused by dogs

SJC Extends Warrantless Search to Include Emergency Aid to Animals Posted on Apr 18

In Commonwealth v. Duncan, 467 Mass. 746 (2014), The SJC ruled on a question of first impression from Lynn District Court, which asked whether police can enter private property without a search warrant, extending the emergency aid exception of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S.   …Continue Reading SJC Extends Warrantless Search to Include Emergency Aid to Animals

An Act Ensuring the Safety of People with Pets in Disasters Posted on Apr 3

On March 24, 2014, Chapter 54 of the Acts of 2014 was signed into law.  This law protects both humans and animals from severe storms and natural disasters.  It requires cities and towns to have a plan in place to address the evacuation and sheltering   …Continue Reading An Act Ensuring the Safety of People with Pets in Disasters