Massachusetts bill would prohibit municipalities from passing BSL

UPDATE 8/2/12: S.2192 was signed by the governor today and will become effective in 90 days. Congratulations to Massachusetts!

Massachusetts S.2184 now S.2192 is a bill that overhauls Massachusetts state animal laws. It includes the following clauses that would prohibit municipalities in MA from passing breed-specific laws:

New definition of “dangerous dog”: provided, however, that no dog shall be deemed dangerous . . . (ii) based upon the breed of such dog.

New section 157: No city or town shall regulate dogs in a manner that is specific to breed.

You can read the full text of the proposed bill here:

S2184 S2192 has been moving slowly from House to Senate, changing bill number and gathering amendments, for over a year. It was engrossed by the Senate in late March and, due to Senate amendments, it now needs approval by the House again. It has moved to a House committee for consideration. We do not not know whether the bill would be retroactive (e.g. would force MA municipalities that currently have BSL to repeal those laws).

Massachusetts residents should contact their House representatives and voice your support for Senator Jehlen’s bill called “An Act Further Regulating Municipal Animal Control.” Find your rep here:

Bill would revise outdated animal control laws

By Suzanne Snell /
Beverly Citizen
Posted Apr 12, 2012 @ 02:17 PM

Beverly, Mass. — A new bill designed to update and improve animal control practices throughout Massachusetts is pending approval from the state House of Representatives after it passed through the Senate in late March.

[…] Sen. Patricia Jehlen, D-Somerville, sponsored the legislation — known as “An Act Further Regulating Municipal Animal Control” — as a way to revise animal control regulations in the state, some of which date back to the 1800s. […]

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One response to “Massachusetts bill would prohibit municipalities from passing BSL

  1. This breed is so misunderstood. Until you had one of this dogs you wouldn’t want other breed of dog. My dog will lick you before she would bite. Yes there are some people that shouldn’t have this type of dogs as well as children. And as you look into my dogs eyes you will understand what I’m trying to say. she is the best thing that happen to me and my family. Loyal,smart,love my kids and all of there friends that come up to play and yes I keep my eye on the kids and dog just like any good owner should. I had two apbt s growing up in south boston as a teenager in the project and life was hard for me and my dogs were there for me when no one else was they taught me to love something. They got me out of bed with a simple lick to the face and a wags of their tails that what kept me going when I didn’t want to. When they passed away at the age of 11yrs and 12yrs old I was lossed. my son learn how to walk be holding on to them one slept in my bed and the other one sept under his crip. Apbt’s are known as the nanny dogs if raise and properly trained they make AWESOME family pet. I pray that the BSL will stop. This is a fact a cocker spainal are known to bite a child before a apbt would. Last week a 4lb pomaranian killed a two week old baby as the father left the room with the dog and baby on the bed this dog killed the baby. Yes some pit bull mix have bitten people and in most case’s they are not even full blooded pit bulls at all. just because they look like pit bulls. I just hope and pray that we can save are beloved breed and put a end to this BSL. Thank you