Rally Held At Statehouse In Support Of Pet Protection Bill 'Ollie's Law'

Photo: Carl Stevens (WBZ)

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Supporters of a bill designed to protect pets at boarding kennels and doggie daycare facilities gathered at the Massachusetts Statehouse Wednesday.

The rally was held in support of An Act to Increase Kennel Safety (H.2019; S.1309) a.k.a. "Ollie's Law," named after a Labradoodle who died after being attacked by other dogs at a daycare facility in Western Massachusetts.

The bill would establish rules and regulations at kennels and doggie daycares in the state, allowing pet families to choose the best facility for their animal's needs.

Some who attended the rally shared their own stories of losing a pet at a facility.

"My dog was killed at a doggie daycare facility in Weymouth," Guy Reynolds of Quincy told WBZ NewsRadio about his dog Cooper. "Left him there on his sixth birthday and he had died while he was at the doggie daycare facility about six hours after I left him there."

"We’re here so that no other individual has to go through the hell that we’ve been through, losing our dog that way," said Nancy Shoudy of East Sandwich, whose dog Weasley was given a necropsy that revealed puncture wounds and a crushed neck.

The rally was organized by the Ollie's Law Coalition, consisting of a number of organizations such as the Animal Rescue League of Boston, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Dakin Human Society, the Humane Society of the United States, Boston Dog Lawyers, and others.

WBZ's Carl Stevens (@CarlWBZ) reports.

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