ARL’s Nadine Pellegrini collaborates alongside local & national animal welfare organizations to lobby important bills
On Tuesday, June 28 the Senate passed three important bills strengthening protection for animals and promoting animal welfare.
THESE BILLS INCLUDED…
(S. 2369) – An Act to Prevent Animal Suffering and Death
This bill will give law enforcement/first responders and citizens the ability to intervene early on when an animal is at risk of injury and/or death.
Amends Anti-Tethering Statute
Under the law as it currently stands, a person can tether their dog for up to 24 consecutive hours. 24 hours is far too long for a dog to be chained up. The law is essentially unenforceable.
The new law prohibits confining/tethering an animal for longer than 5 hours in a 24 hour period and prohibits tethering outside from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
The new law prohibits tethering outside if there is a weather advisory or if there is extreme heat, cold, wind, rain, snow or hail which causes a risk to health or safety of the dog based on the dog’s breed, age or physical condition. Under those conditions, the dog cannot be tethered for more than 15 minutes and during that 15 minutes, the owner must be with the dog.
The new law gives law enforcement personnel from the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) and MSPCA the ability to write citations (with increased fines) for violations of any provision of the anti-tethering statute.
Creates a new law to address pets in vehicles – This will be familiar to all who are aware of ARL’s “Too Hot for Spot” campaign. The bill creates a new law which not only punishes violators who leave their pets in vehicles during extreme hot or cold weather but it gives first responders, such as police, fire, and rescue, a clear directive that they can intervene and rescue an animal from a dangerous situation. The bill covers new ground by also allowing non-law enforcement people, under specific conditions, to rescue an animal from a vehicle.
(S. 2370) – “An Act Relative to Protecting Puppies and Kittens”
This bill seeks to prevent the sale of dogs or cats less than eight weeks of age; updates the “Puppy Lemon Law” to give pet owners more options if they unknowingly purchase a sick pet; regulates certain breeders; and prevents pet shops from obtaining puppies and kittens from USDA breeders with multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
(S. 2375) – An Act protecting abandoned animals in vacant properties
This bill directs landlords, property managers, and owners — when they know or reasonably should know that property has been vacated, abandoned or foreclosed — to inspect properties within 3 days to check for the presence of abandoned animals. The bill also provides for monetary penalties if the properties are not checked.
THE NEXT STEP…
Now that these important bills have passed the Senate, the next step is to get these bills passed in the House of Representatives. We need your help…Please contact your state reps to express your support for these truly important bills. A list of members of the House of Representatives and their contact info can be viewed at https://malegislature.gov/People/House.
SPECIAL THANKS…to MA senators for choosing to protect our state’s animals!
ARL provided essential testimony in support of “overwhelming evidence” that dogs were kept in filthy and dirty conditions
A Cape Cod woman’s convictions for violating Massachusetts State law by confining her two dogs in a condemned home and a fenced-in yard, has been upheld by the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
Leanne Trefry, of Brewster, MA, challenged her convictions and claimed that she did not violate the law because her dogs were not confined outside. The Court disagreed, finding that keeping dogs in filthy and dirty confinement both inside and outside was, in fact, a violation of law.
Trefry’s Shetland sheepdogs, Kenji and Zach, peer through a fence on her property in Brewster on July 2013, just a few days before they were removed. Photo credit: Cape Cod Times
The Court found also that the dogs were effectively left alone on the property which was clogged with trash, inside and outside; emitted odors of trash (inside); dog feces (outside); and that there were many items which posed a threat to the dogs’ health and safety.
ARL’s Director of Law Enforcement, Lt. Alan Borgal, was one of the witnesses to the deplorable conditions in which the dogs were kept. He became aware of the situation when Brewster Animal Control Officer (ACO) Lynda Brogdan-Burns told him about the dogs and requested investigative assistance from the ARL.
Lt. Borgal went to see Trefry with the Brewster ACO and she agreed to allow the dogs to be taken to the ARL’s Brewster shelter for veterinary care and grooming because of the tick infestation.
At the time of the rescue, the dogs had effectively been left alone virtually all day every day for over a year with only intermittent contact with friends, a caretaker, and Trefry who provided food and water. One dog had Lyme disease and was limping badly from an injury. Both dogs were both tick-infested and described as “matted”, “ravaged” and “traumatized.”
During the trial, Lt. Borgal told the court that he had visited the home and found that the yard was overgrown, dog feces had not been picked up and removed and that, consequently, the yard itself smelled.
Both dogs were transferred to ARL’s Brewster shelter and were later boarded and fostered by Brewster Animal Control. After the conclusion of the case, the dogs were adopted.
Why is this case important? This is one of the first cases interpreting the Massachusetts law which prohibits cruel and dangerous conditions and inhumane tethering or chaining.
Westport, MA pair arrested in connection with Jersey, the matted dog’s case
Earlier this week, the Westport Police Department and local authorities arrested two people on animal cruelty charges relating to the rescue of “Jersey”, the approximately 8-year-old Llasa Apso who was found roaming around Sanford Road and Milk Avenue in Westport, MA. Her severely matted fur was was caked in dirt, urine, feces. Watch Jersey’s story, as reported by Fox 25.
Jersey was taken in to the ARL’s Boston shelter where she underwent intense medical treatment, including enucleation surgery, rendering her permanently blind. She also underwent a procedure to have bladder stones removed. Jersey will also receive treatment for significant dental decay.
Despite all she’s been through, Jersey has kept her sweet disposition toward ARL volunteers and staff. Although she can no longer see, Jersey still loves to explore! Her favorite activity is sniffing around patches of grass, followed by a long nap in her favorite plush blanket.
UPDATE: During the course of Jersey’s investigation, a tip was called in to Westport Police that lead them to a residence in Westport, MA. When investigators arrived at the home, they discovered three Dachshunds in concerning circumstances and transferred them to the ARL’s Boston shelter. The dogs’ owners were both charged with Animal Cruelty by a Custodian. Anyone wishing to help with the care and medical treatments of these innocent animals is encouraged to donate at arlboston.org.
Jersey is recovering well after undergoing surgery last week at our Boston headquarters. If you would like to make a donation to Jersey and other animals in need, click the photo above or visit bit.ly/ARLDonate.
Three Dachshunds were also discovered at the Westport, MA residence. Left: Charlie; top-right: Penny; bottom-right: Gracie. Penny is available for adoption at our Boston Adoption Center. Gracie and Charlie have already found their forever homes. Please click the photo above or visit arlboston.org/search-adoptables to learn more. Update: All three Dachshunds have been adopted!
SUSPECT ANIMAL CRUELTY? Call your local animal control officer or police department immediately. Learn the signs of animal cruelty at arlboston.org/take-action
ARL & Westport Police Seeking Public’s Help with Information
DO YOU RECOGNIZE THIS DOG? Contact the Westport Police Department at (508) 636-1122 or the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Law Enforcement Department at (617) 226-5610.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) and the Westport Police Department need the public’s assistance with information about a severely matted dog found roaming the area of Sanford Road and Milk Avenue in Westport, Massachusetts on Sunday, June 5.
Severely matted dog “Jersey” was found wandering the area of Sanford Road and Milk Avenue on Sunday, June 5.
The ARL was called to assist local authorities with the care and investigation of the animal. The severely matted dog, now known as “Jersey”, had no collar, markings or identification. She is estimated to be an 8-year-old female Brussels Griffin mix. Scroll to the bottom to watch her video.
Jersey is in severe condition and will undergo enucleation surgery on Friday, June 10, rendering her permanently blind. She will also have bladder stones removed and some significant dental treatments.
She is being cared for at the ARL’s Boston shelter. Jersey’s extensive medical treatments will cost between $3,000-$4,000.
While there may be many circumstances that led to the animal being lost or abandoned, the Westport Police is seeking any information that helps to find her owner(s) or other individuals that have a connection to this animal.
The public is encouraged to contact the Westport Police Department directly at (508) 636-1122 or the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Law Enforcement Department at (617) 226-5610.
Logan Ryan selected the beautiful 3-year-old Pit-Bull Terrier mix as his May feature for Ryan’s Monthly Rescue, a social media campaign to give additional exposure to Pit Bull-type dogs looking for their forever homes.
Coretta was the perfect candidate! Check her out on Logan Ryan’s Instagram account.
Logan Ryan and Coretta spent the afternoon frolicking through the grass and tossing around a Patriot’s-themed football. All were impressed by her energy and athleticism!
“Coretta loves to run and play fetch, but she seemed to enjoy just hanging by my side for this photoshoot, too,”said Logan. “She’s worked on obedience training with the great volunteers and staff at the ARL and also enjoys nosework and agility.
ADOPT, DON’T SHOP - If you or a friend are looking for an incredible lady-like companion, please call our Boston shelter at 617-226-5602 and ask about Coretta!
TOO HOT FOR SPOT – 4 important tips to keep your dog safe this holiday
This Memorial Day Weekend, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) and Boston Veterinary Care (BVC) want to remind you that the warm weather and bustle of the holiday’s festivities may be too stressful on your pup.
Pets don’t sweat like humans do and cannot cool their bodies efficiently in hot temperatures. Even when the outside temperature is 70 degrees, the inside of a car can heat up to more than 100 degrees in just minutes – even with the windows cracked! That’s why leaving your pet inside of a hot car is the most common cause of deadly heat stroke.
With temperatures rising close to 90 degrees this weekend, remember these 4 important tips to keep your dog safe:
Never leave your pet alone in a parked car on a warm day- even with the windows cracked. It’s just TOO HOT FOR SPOT!
Never leave your pup alone in a parked car if they must travel with you. On a hot day, the temperature inside a parked car can cause deadly heatstroke- even with the windows cracked.
Always keep your canine on a leash or in a carrier if they must be outside. Set them up in a cool shady spot with ample air flow and plenty of fresh water.
Keep your pooch away from potentially hazardous objects. Secure your pet a good distance from sparklers, BBQs, and pools. Remember that some pets can become “fearfully aggressive” due to loud noises, so monitor them closely, especially around small children.
Make sure your dog’s microchip and ID tag information is current. Many animal shelters report increases of “stray” animals on holidays due to the number of pets running away from the noise and excitement. Be sure your contact information is current and always on your pup’s collar to ensure an easy reunion should they be separated from you.
Prevention is responsible pet ownership. When in doubt, leave your pet at home in a quiet cool room. Turn on a TV or radio to help detract from outside noises and leave them free to roam around so that they don’t feel too confined.
The ARL reflects on our first national mammal, an animal that faced extinction just over a century ago
Did you know… that the bison are already on 2 State flags, are the official mammal of three States, and are the official symbol of the United States Department of the Interior? They are also mascots of sports teams and part of our coinage (yes, the “buffalo nickel” is really an image of a bison).
On May 9, 2016, President Obama signed into the law the National Bison Legacy Act, a bill that makes the bison the United States’ first national mammal; a big milestone for an animal that has played a central role in America’s history and culture!
The four-year long debate that ended with this moment presents us with an opportunity to talk about animals, history, culture, science, and our world. It gives us the opportunity to reflect upon and to remember all that has gone before. And that opportunity always presents another: it gives us a way to continue the dialogue and to advocate on behalf of all animals for so many different reasons.
Here are 6 more interesting facts about bison:
Bison are not “buffalo”; that’s just a word that the citizens of the “Old West” used.
The role of the bison was integrally linked with the economic and spiritual lives of many Indian tribes and their sacred ceremonies. Many animals, like the bison, have played and continue to play different roles in our society.
Bison play an important role in ecology, such as improving the types of grasses found in the landscape of the United States.
In the southern part of Utah there is a herd of rare, genetically pure bison, just as they were before they were almost hunted to extinction.
Bison not only have intrinsic value, but economic value as well.
It’s been over a century since William Hornaday, the first director of what is now the Bronx Zoo, along with Theodore Roosevelt, formed the American Bison Society. Hornaday raised captive-bred bison and eventually sent them to the first wildlife refuge in the United States. Such effort reminds us that we almost lost all of what the bison represents – then and now.
If the National Bison Act gets you to think about wildlife, ecology, and history– and if there’s dialogue celebrating and wondering about the life of the shaggy mammal– then the conversation and advocacy continues!
Animal adoption message featured in ARL’s “Designing for Good” exhibit
The owner of The Newbury Collection, Jamestown, L.P., has transformed several prominent window spaces on Newbury Street in Boston into a six-week exhibit called “Designing for Good”.
Check out ARL’s “Designing for Good” window exhibit at 91 Newbury Street from now through the end of June, and click the photo to learn more about Paisley, our adorable adoptable pictured!
Four local non-profits, including the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL), were paired up with a recognized designer from the Boston area to create art that highlights the charitable work of each organization.
Check out ARL’s window at 91 Newbury Street. The artwork is also on display at 144 Newbury Street and 899 Boylston Street.
The ARL was partnered with illustrator Chris Piascik to create a colorful and whimsical window vinyl that would encourage fellow animal lovers to SPRING INTO LOVE… ADOPT and to get involved!
“We are honored to be featured as a non-profit partner for this wonderful, creative design project along Newbury Street,” says Mary Nee, President of the Animal Rescue League of Boston. “Our city is full of great people who support one another and this is just another example of that kindness and generosity and we are proud to be a part of the work.”
THANK YOU to Jamestown L.P. and Chris for sharing the importance of adopting a shelter pet– and bringing attention to animals in need at the ARL!
Sign up for TODAY’S webinar to help the ARL and other animal lovers collect an additional 25,000 signatures to prevent cruelty to farm animals!
This past fall, key animal welfare organizations like the ARL, farmers, and other animal lovers across Massachusetts helped collect 133,058 signatures to ban the cruel confinement of veal calves, egg-laying hens and pregnant pigs.
On May 3, the clock ran out for the Massachusetts legislature to take action on this farm animal initiative, placing the measure back in the hands of voters.
YOU CAN HELP!
Click here to register for the webinar happening TODAY, May 17 at 6:00-7:00 PM EST to learn how you can help make history for farm animals in our state.
Volunteers are needed to collect an additional 25,000 signatures from registered voters in Massachusetts who did not sign in the fall.