Local officials regulate dogs and kennels.

Because Belmont has been considering a new animal control law, I’ve been receiving some state law questions. State law vests authority for regulation of animals with local officials. General Laws, Chapter 140, sections 136A through 172 defines local authority over both kennels and individual dogs. Here are a few relevant sections. Section 136A defines terms, […]

Animal Cruelty

I have recently received a number of emails in the form below asking me to support Senate 1626 to protect circus elephants. I do support this legislation, and I am, in fact, a cosponsor.  I believe that at some point in the future, we will look back on the days when we trucked circus animals […]

Key animal protection bills this session

I have recently received a number of emails in the form below urging supporting of key animal protection bills. I feel strongly about animal protection issues and I am already a cosponsor of all these bills! ——————– I am writing to ask that you co-sponsor these key animal protection bills this session: Farm Animal Confinement […]