Common sense at last. May all other states and countries take note of this and act accordingly.
Provisions in this bill will help animals in a few ways, most notably by:
Setting up a Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund to help cover veterinary care and spay/neuter for homeless dogs and cats to reduce their numbers and reduce costs for cities, in addition to assisting low-income pet owners with vaccinations and spay/neuter. Residents will be able to voluntarily donate to the fund through their state tax returns.
Including pets in restraining orders to protect both people and animals from domestic violence and encourage victims of abuse to seek help without having to worry about what will happen if they leave a pet behind.
Banning euthanasia via gas chambers.
Creating categories for kennel licensing ranging from residential to commercial.
Requiring health certificates for dogs and cats coming into the state.
Requiring training for animal control officers (ACO), which has not been mandatory, and ensuring they are not also licensed animal dealers who could potentially turn over animals to research facilities. ACOs will be overseen by the Department of Agricultural Resources and will be trained in a number of areas ranging from animal capture techniques and cruelty statutes to animal health inspector duties.
Improving the dangerous dog law to prohibit discrimination against any breed.
Increasing fines for animal cruelty.
Adding provisions to enforce the spay/neuter deposit law for adopted animals to ensure they can’t reproduce by requiring a written agreement and increasing the deposit, which is collected if animals are adopted out without being spayed/neutered.
Your state already has.... Been on the books a long time.Yaaaaay Mass !!! I hope my state & other states follow suit.