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Baker Announces Changes to State Regulations to Improve Lives of Shelter Animals

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

 

Governor Charlie Baker joined the Animal Rescue League of Boston on Monday to highlight changes in the state regulations as part of the Baker-Polito Administration's extensive regulatory review process, including improving the lives of shelter animals and increasing space and flexibility for animal shelters. 

“When we first began this review, our commitment was to providing exceptional service and making the Commonwealth a more efficient, competitive and safer place to live, work and raise our families. The streamlining of regulations to improve accountability to our citizens, municipalities, businesses, non-profits, healthcare providers and educational institutions was an extensive process. We are pleased to work with stakeholders like the Animal Rescue League to allow them to more efficiently do their job, serving more animals in need, and allowing them to recover humanely,” said Governor Charlie Baker. 

Governor Baker’s Executive Order 562, signed on March 31, 2015, began the first extensive top-to-bottom review of all state regulations enforced by the Executive Department since the Weld-Cellucci administration in 1996 when Governor Baker was the Secretary of Administration and Finance.

The Changes 

The changes reduce quarantine periods for unvaccinated dogs and cats possibly exposed to rabies from six months to four months, allowing The Animal Rescue League and other animal shelters across the state to save and find homes for more animals in need. 

The changes were made as part of the Baker-Polito Administration's extensive regulatory reform review involving more that 131 listening sessions and 1,000 stakeholder comments on roughly 1,700 executive branch regulations. 

The Animal Rescue League of Boston has limited quarantine space, and physical capacity limits require difficult decisions about euthanizing of animals believed to have rabies. 

"We applaud Governor Baker and his team for taking swift action ensuring the humane treatment of animals and providing greater access to shelter space for more animals in need,” said Mary Nee, President of the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians issued new recommendations in the 2016, advising reducing quarantine periods to four months due to evidence that animals in isolation for an extended period of six months can become stressed and depressed, even with regular human socialization. 

 

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