Massachusetts bans BSL


Governor Deval Patrick has signed a bill into law that strengthens existing laws regarding animal welfare in Massachusetts.  The “Act Further Regulating Animal Control” sets up a fund to help cover veterinary care and spay/neuter operations for low-income and homeless pet owners, includes pets in restraining orders for victims of domestic violence, bans “gas-chamber” euthanasia, prohibits breed discrimination, increases fines for animal cruelty, and more.  One supporter of the legislation, Director of Advocacy, MSPCA-Angell Kara Holmquist said, “We are thrilled to see this important bill become law and believe it will make important progress in safeguarding both animals and the public.”