Delaware and Massachusetts strengthen animal welfare laws

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The weekend went pretty well for domestic animals in Massachusetts and Delaware, as the states’ governors signed into law new protections for pets.

In Massachusetts on Thursday, Governor Deval Patrick signed “An Act Further Regulating Animal Control” into law. The legislation sets up a fund for homeless animals, institutes new rules that allow pets to be included in domestic protection orders, bans euthanasia in gas chambers, prohibits discrimination against any dog breed, increases fines for animal cruelty and more.

Over in Delaware, Gov. Jack Markell signed a bill into law that will designate tethering as animal cruelty, specifically tethering a dog for 18 or more hours in any 24-hour period.