The top Republican in the Massachusetts Senate is proposing further protections for pets and tougher penalties for animal cruelty.
Sen. Bruce Tarr says the bill is a follow-up to the Protecting Animals Welfare and Safety Act, or PAWS for short. That 2014 law followed the case of "Puppy Doe," a year-old dog that was euthanized after being found with fractures, a stab wound and split tongue.
PAWS II, co-sponsored by Democratic Sen. Mark Montigny, would require animal cruelty cases be reported to state agencies that protect children, the elderly and disabled. Tarr cited a study showing that animal abusers are also far more likely to be violent toward people.
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Other provisions would make it illegal to drown any wild or domestic animal, and prevent discrimination against specific dog breeds.