Five New Laws Mean Progress for Maryland’s Animals

Maryland’s animals will be benefiting from five new laws that go in effect this Saturday, October 1st:

1. Possession of Dog Fighting Implements with intent to engage in dog fighting a will be a crime in Maryland.

2. Animal shelters will be required to follow a set of standards including written veterinary protocols and disclosure of their procedures regarding admission, disposition, and redemption of animals.

3. Animal Control facilities will be required to scan incoming stray animals for a microchip and make reasonable efforts to notify the owners if a chip is found.

4. Maryland will impose a partial ban on consumer use of neonicotinoids, pesticides which have been shown to be harmful to honeybees, with some exceptions.

5. Veterinarians will be allowed to dispense a non-sterile medication for a companion animal when a compounding pharmacy and/or medications are unavailable.

The law to clamp down on puppy mills went into effect June 1, 2016.

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