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Contact Your Legislator: Pass H.4328 before it’s too late!

Massachusetts today charges perpetrators convicted of animal cruelty one of the lowest fines in the nation.
The maximum jail sentence is up to five years.

Neither of these penalties for animal abuse have been updated in decades.

There is hope for a change. 

House Bill 4328 helps protect animals from abuse in Massachusetts

Contact your state legislators today to urge them to bring H. 4328 to the floor for a vote
before the legislative session ends on July 31.

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What h. 4328 will do

What H. 4328 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.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Read our blog post  and download instructions for contacting your legislator to support passage of this important legislation!

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Bruce ayers

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Bruce Ayers quote

"Lawmakers are listening to their constituents, who - especially in the wake of the horrific Puppy Doe animal abuse case in Quincy, my district, last year - are demanding stricter penalties for those abuse or kill animals ."

Representative Bruce Ayers
(D - Quincy)

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
  • As seen in the Boston Globe: Mary Nee, president of the ARL, on the best defense against animal cruelty
  • 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.