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State Senate GOP Push Anti-Animal Cruelty Bill

AnimalCruelBOSTON (AP) — Animal abusers would face tougher penalties under a bill Senate Republicans are pushing on Beacon Hill.

Sen. Bruce Tarr said the legislation is a response to the discovery of a dog found tortured in Quincy.

The dog could not be saved and was euthanized last month. Police have asked for the public’s help in identifying those responsible.

The bill would increase the maximum penalty for cruelty to animals — including malicious killing, maiming, disfiguring, or exposing to poison — from $2,500 to $10,000.

The bill would also increase the fine for the hit-and-run of a cat or dog from $50 to $2,000.

The Gloucester Republican said the bill would also establish an anonymous animal abuse tip hotline. It also would create a registry of individuals convicted of animal abuse and fine veterinarians who fail to report suspected animal cruelty.


  • Fredpiquette

    Hit and run of a dog or cat is the law? Who snuck this one in? That’s a good way to get in a fight with the owner. Law or no law I do not stop. These laws are useless unless the cops and prosecutors prosecute them, and they don’t. In West Springfield you call “animal control” and they tell you “do whatever you want to with the wildlife”. As long as we have incompetent and uncaring idiots like this in charge of animal welfare changing laws will do nothing.

    • alpinequeen

      You never stop your mouth either.