Massachusetts, Puppies and Kittens Need You!
MA S.2390 – An Act to Protect Puppies and Kittens
ASPCA Position: Support
Action Needed: None at this time.
The Act to Protect Puppies and Kittens (S.2390) is state legislation that would improve the current climate of pet sales in Massachusetts by requiring in-state and out-of-state breeders to meet basic standards of care. It would also allow families who unknowingly purchase a sick puppy or kitten to receive reimbursement for up to 150% of the animal’s cost, protecting Massachusetts consumers from heartbreak and financial toll.
The bill seeks to protect Massachusetts animals and consumers in four ways:
1. Prohibit the sale of puppies and kittens under eight weeks of age;
2. Improve the Massachusetts “Puppy Lemon Law” to better protect and provide recourse for families who unknowingly purchase a sick puppy or kitten;
3. Require the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) to promulgate rules and regulations for certain breeders;
4. Ensure that out-of-state breeders meet the same minimum care standards as will be required for in-state breeders. It will also prevent the sale of puppies and kittens from breeders who have had a significant direct violation—or several indirect violations—under the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) on their USDA inspection reports within the past two years.
These crucial regulations of breeders and pet sales will immensely improve the welfare of the puppies and kittens that are sold in our communities.