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Law meets Life–An occasional blog for North Shore Residents

Pet Round UP: Dogs on the Beach, Dogs in your Will.

The Manchester-by-the-Sea Town Meeting is April 4 and 5, 2011. One warrant item will be whether or not to further restrict dogs on Singing Beach. Did you know that if you vote on the issue that concerns you, and leave the meeting, that the warrant can later be amended and a vote re-taken? If there is a subject of interest to you on the warrant, be ready to stay for the entire meeting.

On another pet related note, Massachusetts just became the latest state to pass PET TRUST LEGISLATION. We now have a statute that allows you to leave a sum of money specifically for the care of your animal when you die. Thank you to Bruce Tarr for co-sponsoring this legislation. More info can be found here:  Pet Trust article

Do you have a great pet sitter, vet, groomer, or pet trainer that you’d like to recommend? Please send along their info, and I’ll do a listing in the next Pet Round UP.

P.S. Manchester residents: Dog licenses need to be obtained from Town Hall by March 31st.

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Massachusetts Pet Trust Legislation signed into law

On January 7th, Governor Patrick signed legislation allowing funds to be set aside for the care of pets.  A pet owner may establish a fund and designate a trustee so that in the event of death or incapacity, the pet owner can be certain their pet will be cared for.  Massachusetts is one of 44 states to enact pet trust legislation; this is good news for pets, for pet lovers, and for the shelters in our community who traditionally care for pets after the owner has passed away.  Our own Bruce Tarr was one of the co-sponsors of the bill –many thanks to him, to those that drafted and moved this through the legislative process, and to the Governor for signing it. 

 

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