Animal advocates push for uniform dog day care regulations

Animal advocates are protesting at the State House, asking lawmakers to regulate dog day cares, kennels and other pet boarding facilities.Amy Baxter’s dog Ollie was mauled to death on only his second day of dog day care in 2020.“It was awful watching Ollie suffer, but it was equally horrible watching my then-14-year-old daughter try to cope with it,” Baxter said. “She had wanted a dog her whole life, we had Ollie five months.”The facility has since closed, but the case is now the inspiration behind Ollie’s Law, which aims to create uniform regulations for kennels in the state. “Dogs and cats getting injured and killed at boarding facilities. We are now seeing one every 14 days,” Jeremy Cohen of Boston Dog Lawyers. Supporters say only a handful of states have any type of laws for places of pet boarding on the books. Ollie’s Law would require: Staff-to-dog ratios Day cares to have insurance Mandatory training for people working there Have emergency plans in place “It takes more than loving animals than to be responsible for people’s loved ones,” said Jeni Mather, owner of JM Pet Resort.Last month Ollie’s Law was sent to study, but there are similar bills already in the State House that advocates are pleading lawmakers to pass to prevent future tragedies.“These bills have been around five or six sessions. So, as the maulings continue, and they will, now the State House is just as much to blame as the kennel owners,” Baxter said.

Animal advocates are protesting at the State House, asking lawmakers to regulate dog day cares, kennels and other pet boarding facilities.

Amy Baxter’s dog Ollie was mauled to death on only his second day of dog day care in 2020.

“It was awful watching Ollie suffer, but it was equally horrible watching my then-14-year-old daughter try to cope with it,” Baxter said. “She had wanted a dog her whole life, we had Ollie five months.”

The facility has since closed, but the case is now the inspiration behind Ollie’s Law, which aims to create uniform regulations for kennels in the state.

“Dogs and cats getting injured and killed at boarding facilities. We are now seeing one every 14 days,” Jeremy Cohen of Boston Dog Lawyers.

Supporters say only a handful of states have any type of laws for places of pet boarding on the books. Ollie’s Law would require:

  • Staff-to-dog ratios
  • Day care to have insurance
  • Mandatory training for people working there
  • Have emergency plans in place

“It takes more than loving animals than to be responsible for people’s loved ones,” said Jeni Mather, owner of JM Pet Resort.

Last month Ollie’s Law was sent to study, but there are similar bills already in the State House that advocates are pleading lawmakers to pass to prevent future tragedies.

“These bills have been around five or six sessions. So, as the maulings continue, and they will, now the State House is just as much to blame as the kennel owners,” Baxter said.

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