New Massachusetts pet protection laws now in effect

You can't tether your dog between 10PM to 6AM

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A series of new laws took effect on Thursday that protects your pets and you for saving them. Local animal control officers can now issue citations when dogs are housed in cruel conditions.

If you see a pet stuck in a hot or freezing car, you’ve called 911 and have tried to locate the owner, you won’t be responsible for any damages in saving that animal.

Sandra Davidson of West Springfield told 22News, “They do it for kids, so why not for pets? I would break into someone’s car if I saw their pet in the hot weather or the cold weather freezing. I think it’s a law that should’ve been passed a long time ago.”

You can’t tether your dog between 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., except for a maximum of 15 supervised minutes. They also can’t be tethered during a weather advisory or warning.