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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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What about my pet?

I’ve got a great dog, a turtle who will live for 80 years, and three opinionated cats.  Right now there are several household members who will take care of them should I get in an accident, or have to go into the hospital.  What should someone who lives alone be considering for their pets?  I can’t imagine anything worse than coming from the hospital to find malnourished (or worse) pets.  One tool is a Pet Care card.  Carry it in your wallet to let people know who to call if you wind  up in the hospital .  Also consider posting one on your fridge for first responders in the case of a medical emergency at home.  Send me an e-mail with your mailing address, and I will send you the card that I give my clients.

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