Say Something: Prevent Animal Cruelty

Thanks to you, H4328/S2345 passed the MA House and Senate!

Senate Bill 2345 (formerly known as H4328/H4244) establishes harsher punishments and financial penalties
for animal cruelty and aims to prevent abuse from happening in Massachusetts.

The bill’s measures will take effect 90 days after S2345 is signed into law by Governor Patrick.

You made all the difference!

By all accounts, the phone calls and emails from animal welfare supporters across the state got the bill to the floor for a vote.

Thank you for contacting your state legislators!

Learn more about S2345

What h. 4328 will do

What S2345/H4328 Will Do

  1. Increase penalties for animal abuse from 5 to 7 years and $2,500 to $5,000.
  2. Require veterinarians to report animal abuse.
  3. Create a task force to systematically review animal cruelty laws.


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Thank You For Taking Action!

Bruce ayers

Lou Kafka

Bruce Ayers quote

"This law is an urgently needed update to outdated penalties and ensures that legislators continually receive the best advice on how to combat animal cruelty in our Commonwealth, directly from the experts who deal with it most frequently.”

Representative Lou Kafka
(D - Stoughton)

Helping the Victims of Animal Cruelty

Help Prevent Animal Cruelty

  • Suspect cruelty?
  • Learn 7 warning signs of animal cruelty
  • Download our flyer about the link between animal cruelty and violence against animals
  • Watch Lt. Alan Borgal explain the importance of reporting abuse
  • The ARL's Law Enforcement Department is committed to investigating crimes against animals and protecting animals from neglect and abuse. Learn more.
  • View the ARL's Legislative Agenda.