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Sunday, 19 August 2018

MFOA Legislation Protecting Companion Animals
Written by MFOA   
Wednesday, 02 January 2013

Successful MFOA legislation protecting companion animals, particularly dogs

1998: Lobbied for legislation that prevented the pari-mutual simulcast wagering of greyhound racing in Maine

1999: Passed legislation to increase animal cruelty penalties from a misdemeanor to a felony offense

2000: Led the fight to revamp Maine's Animal Welfare Program and the formation of the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, making it more effective in responding to animal cruelty cases

2003: Passes legislation that requires dogs in the ‘back of pick-up trucks' be secured so that it cannot fall, jump or be thrown from an open vehicle

2003: 3 MFOA members move to form ‘Spay Maine,' a program designed to reduce cat and dog euthanasia, which was subsequently incorporated into the state Animal Welfare Program

2006: Raised public awareness of dog cruelty cases through press releases, demonstrations and the use of the media

2006: Passed the first enforceable legislation in the nation addressing ‘Dogs Chained for Life,' establishing greater requirements for dogs left outside on a continuous basis

2007: Made ‘Dogs Chained for Life' an ongoing program with education materials, a TV public service announcement, and office assistance in securing the release of a DCFL


2007: Sponsored legislation, which became law in 2011, requiring that a bittering agent be added to anti-freeze to help prevent poisoning of pets and wildlife


2010: Partnered with Madison Elementary School to develop a ‘Pet Club' model for elementary schools, teaching children about the responsibilities the care and protection of companion animals. Currently securing grant monies to make it a statewide program for 3-5 graders.

2011: Sponsored successful legislation that provides greater response for first responders in the protection for animals in distress left in unattended vehicles.

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