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Welcome! As you navigate this page, you will have the opportunity to learn more about me, as well as the issues that affect the Worcester & Middlesex State Senate District. This district that I am so proud to serve includes the cities and towns of: Berlin, Bolton, Precincts 1&2 of Clinton, Fitchburg, Gardner, Lancaster, Leominster, Lunenburg, Sterling, Townsend, and Westminster.

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Despite fiscal challenges, I am as determined as ever to make decisions that will create positive changes that are in the best interest of my constituency. I will continue to strongly advocate for North Central Massachusetts, so that our communities are an even better place to live, work, and learn! I look forward to hearing from you about the issues that concern you and your family. Please feel free to contact me anytime at 978-466-8605 or info@jenflanagan.com.

Respectfully,
Jen

Senate Passes Bill to Protect Puppies and Kittens

BOSTON—Today, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed legislation to improve several areas of current law dealing with the sale and treatment of dogs and cats. S.2370 An Act relative to protecting puppies and kittens, filed by Senator Karen Spilka, ensures that puppies and kittens are bred and sold in safe and healthy environments and strengthens the Massachusetts "Puppy Lemon Law" to give pet owners more options if they unknowingly purchase a sick pet.

"This legislation not only prevents harm to the animals, but it also protects the consumers," said Senator Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster). "Our hope is that this bill will bring to an end to sick pets, heart broken families, and a lot of unnecessary pain."

The bill applies safety and breeding standards to protect pets and pet owners. The bill prohibits the sale of puppies and kittens younger than eight weeks old, increasing the likelihood that they will grow to be healthy dogs and cats, and outlines a process for a veterinarian to declare an animal suffering from a significant adverse health condition "unfit for purchase."

Pet owners deserve protection when they unknowingly purchase a sick pet that then requires extensive veterinary bills and emotional and financial stress for the family. The bill outlines remedies available to a buyer of an animal declared unfit for purchase by a veterinarian, including exchange of the animal or a refund and reimbursement for reasonable veterinary fees. The bill also sets forth a procedure for a seller to contest these demands.

The bill regulates commercial breeders and so-called "puppy mills" to further protect the health and safety of animals. It prohibits pet shops from selling dogs or cats that originate at or are purchased from breeders that are not properly licensed or have committed certain violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Pet shops would also be required to maintain certain compliance records and conspicuously post identifying information for the animal and the breeder.

Finally, the bill empowers the Department of Agriculture to create rules and regulations to ensure commercial breeders maintain humane conditions.

The bill now goes the House of Representatives for consideration.

 

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