ARLINGTON, MA — After a dog died on a United Airlines flight this week and the Puppy Doe animal abuse case of 2014 went to trial in Dedham District Court, the welfare of animals has been on the mind of many across the state. State lawmakers took up the issue this week and voted on two animal welfare acts.
On March 15, Arlington Sen. Cindy Friedman and the Senate voted in favor of S.2332, An Act to protect animal welfare and safety in cities and towns (PAWS II), and S.1155, An Act relative to protecting puppies and kittens, to protect the health, safety and well-being of animals.
“It is our duty to advocate for those who are unable to advocate for themselves,” said Friedman in a statement sent to Patch. “These bills impose essential health and safety measures to protect animals and pet owners, and reaffirms our commitment to animal welfare in the Commonwealth.”