Proposed Legislation: Now Identified as Senate Bill S 1131

An Act protecting animal welfare in cities and towns  

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1. This bill may be known as An Act protecting animal welfare in cities and towns aka Crawford’s Law.

SECTION 2. Chapter 272 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 77C the following section 77D:-

(a) A person who by willful, wanton, reckless, or negligent act causes the unnecessary or unjustified death of a cat or dog shall be liable in damages for the fair monetary value of the deceased animal to the owner of the animal, including, but not limited to, damages for the loss of comfort, protection, companionship, other special damages, services of the deceased animal to its owner; reasonable afterlife expenses of the deceased animal; court costs and attorney’s fees; and other reasonable damages resulting from the willful, wanton, reckless, or negligent act. Non-economic damages shall have a cap value of $30,000.00.

(b) Damages under this section for unnecessary or unjustified death sustained by an animal shall be recovered in an action of tort by the aggrieved, commenced within three years from the date of death or from the date when the aggrieved knew, or in the exercise of reasonable diligence, should have known, of the factual basis for a claim of relief.



Its Time to Change the Way the Law Values Our Family Pets: Support SD.25 in Massachusetts | Online Petition

SD 25 has become S 1131 (Senate Docket to Senate Bill)

Sponsors in the Senate and House:

Bruce E. TarrFirst Essex and Middlesex
James M. Kelcourse1st Essex
Bradford Hill4th Essex
Joan B. LovelySecond Essex
Tram T. Nguyen18th Essex
Alan Silvia7th Bristol
Ann-Margaret Ferrante5th Essex
Thomas M. Stanley9th Middlesex
Joseph D. McKenna18th Worcester
Colleen M. Garry36th Middlesex
David Allen Robertson19th Middlesex
Bradley H. Jones, Jr.20th Middlesex
Patrick M. O’ConnorPlymouth and Norfolk
Vanna Howard17th Middlesex
Kimberly N. Ferguson1st Worcester
Daniel J. Ryan2nd Suffolk