In Massachusetts, there is a general animal cruelty statute, found in the criminal section of the general laws, that applies to all domestic animals. If you have been accused of violating this statute, you need a Middlesex county improper care of a dog lawyer to represent you. Contact Spring & Spring at (617) 513-9444 to speak with an experienced attorney.
In the licensing section of the general laws, there is another statute that applies specifically to the treatment of dogs. The statute is remarkably specific and contains the following guidelines:
In the event that a dog owner chooses to confine the dog in an outside pen or enclosure, the following conditions must be satisfied:
An owner may also attach a dog to a cable run but:
The statute also provides that a dog owner is prohibited from subjecting a dog to “cruel conditions.” Cruel conditions include exposure of the dog to excessive garbage, animal waste, noxious odors, dirty water, or other dangerous objects that could harm a dog’s emotional or physical health. Finally, the statute prohibits anyone from hitting, prodding, harassing, taunting, or threatening a confined or tethered dog, or from subjecting a dog to dangerous conditions including being attacked by another animal.
The penalty for violating this statute is a fine only. However, if there are multiple violations, the Commonwealth can seize the dog and house it at a shelter until the owner comes into compliance with the law. In extreme examples where the owner repeatedly violates this section, the Commonwealth can take the dog away from its owner.
Chris Spring is a Middlesex County improper care of a dog attorney who is ready to represent you regardless of whether you’ve been accused of witness intimidation or mayhem.