Sign the Petition to

Gov. Deval Patrick and Senators

We the undersigned would like an Animal abuse hotline and a Registry of known abusers added into the " Puppy Doe Law " this would help to complete the Bill.

Dear Sir(s) -
Gov. Deval Patrick recently signed into law a bill increasing the prison time and fines for committing animal abuse.
The measure -- Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety (PAWS) Act -- increases the fine for a first offense from a maximum of $2,500 to a maximum of $10,000 while raising the maximum prison sentence for a first offense from five years to seven years.
The measure also requires veterinarians to report suspected animal abuse and creates a special taskforce of experts to review methods to prevent animal abuse and punish those who commit it.
We the undersigned would like an Animal abuse hotline and a Registry of known abusers added into the " Puppy Doe Law " this would help to complete the Bill.
Sincerely..

Signed,

Orange for Animal Cruelty Awareness

This petition closed about 2 years ago

How this will help

Whilst we give thanks to the wonderful people behind this new Law we believe that the addition of an Animal abuse hotline and Animal Abuser Register would give added benefits to the new "Puppy Doe...

Whilst we give thanks to the wonderful people behind this new Law we believe that the addition of an Animal abuse hotline and Animal Abuser Register would give added benefits to the new "Puppy Doe Law".

"Puppy Doe" was the name given to a 2-year-old female pit bull who was abused so badly last August that she had to be euthanized. 

The dog's owner, Radoslaw Czerkawski, 33, of Quincy, has pleaded not guilty in Dedham Superior Court to 12 counts of animal cruelty for allegedly beating, burning, starving and stabbing the dog in the eye, as well as slicing its tongue.

He also faces charges in connection with stealing an estimated $150,000 from a 95-year-old woman with dementia that he was hired to care for in her home. 

In response to the heartbreaking story, state Sen. Bruce Tarr filed the Protecting Animal Welfare and Society Act, or PAWS, the goal of which was to stiffen the state's animal-cruelty laws. Tarr, a Gloucester Republican, was supported by state Reps. Bruce Ayers, a Quincy Democrat, and Lou Kafka, a Stoughton Democrat, who contributed to the legislation. 

The final version, signed into law by Gov. Patrick last week, increases the maximum prison sentence for one count of animal cruelty to seven years up, from five years, and the maximum fine to $5,000, double the previous fine. For repeat offenders, the maximum prison sentence is 10 years and a $10,000 fine. 

Veterinarians are now mandated reporters and are required to report to police suspected animal abuse. A task force will be created to review all state laws related to animal cruelty and protection. It's the first update to the laws in a decade.

Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_26400...

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