- Create a statewide spay/neuter program to reduce the number of homeless animals in the Commonwealth and would, in turn, also reduce the cost to cities and towns for housing and sheltering these animals. This would be funded by a voluntary tax check off.
- Add enforcement provisions to section 139A (the spay/neuter deposit law for animals adopted from shelters and animal control facilities) to ensure these animals can’t reproduce.
- Require animal control officers to receive training. People are often surprised to learn that their local animal control officer is not required to receive training for the complicated work they do to keep the people and animals in their community safe. This would be funded by the tax check off.
- Prohibit carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide gas as a means to “euthanize” dogs and cats.
- Reduce dog bites by improving the dangerous dog law (while preventing ineffective breed-specific ordinances).
- A Senate amendment would allow pets to be included in domestic violence protection orders to protect both animals and people.