Category 209A


#TriggerWarning Scroll to bottom for Community Resources The month of October ( was set aside to reflect upon domestic abuse and to work towards its eradication. In every community, large and small, there appears in its local newspapers the report of incidents involving assaults between would be lovers, maiming and murders among families. Some may […]

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Reported in the Patriot Ledger a six-year-old Labrador mix was successful in getting protection pursuant to the newly enacted amendment to protective orders, heretofore the protection of individuals under Mass. General Laws, Chapter 209A.  The amendment to the law is intended to protect household pets from abuse.   Therefore, a party who is seeking a restraining order […]


On August 2, 2012, Governor Deval Patrick signed Chapter 193 of the Acts and Resolves of 2012, An Act Further Regulating Animal Control.  Provisions of this law became effective on October 31, 2012.  The new section to the non-abuse statute, Chapter 209A is section 11(a ) which now allows a court to order “possession, care, and control […]