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Legislative Issues

Massachusetts Legislative Updates

  • Shelter Regulations: See MAC’s comprehensive page on this regulatory issue. Hearing held 9/24/13 on shelter and rescue regulations.
  • Pets in Disasters: S. 1172 was signed by the Governor on March 24, 2014.
  • Animal Cruelty: the Governor signed  a bill on August 20th in response to the “Puppy Doe” case.  Read more.
  • Good news! Senate Bill 969 — reversing prohibition on breed-specific legislation. This was sent to a “study” which means it isn’t going anywhere this session!
  • Animal Control:  Passed into law and will become effective on October 31, 2012.  See ACOAM’s website for more information, including a memo detailing the changes and a link to the final bill at: More information can also be found on our site here.

Massachusetts Legislative Resources

  • MSPCA – Legislative Affairs: The Legislative Affairs office of the MSPCA provides information about the latest legislative issues concerning animals. This link also includes information on how you can get involved in protecting animals by joining their Animal Action Team.
  • HSUS State Legislation List for Massachusetts: Update on state legislative activities being monitored by the Government Affairs Department of The HSUS. Provides links to electronic alerts to keep you up-to-date on hot issues in animal protection, State Action Alerts, and Federal Legislation.
  • ASPCA Advocacy Center:  sign up to receive alerts on MA issues.
  • Links to help you find your elected officials: and

If you would like to join MAC’s Advocacy Council, please email

Massachusetts Laws and Regulations

Massachusetts Laws:

Select Massachusetts Animal-Related Regulations: