NORFOLK — The Animal Control Officer Association of Massachusetts announced that it is honoring state Rep. Shawn Dooley, R-Norfolk, for his work on behalf of the animal community.
Dooley played an instrumental role in the passage of an act preventing suffering and death of animals, and worked with the animal control officers to ensure that this bill contained the necessary provisions to safeguard animals throughout the commonwealth.
The bill, known as the “hot car” bill, allows officials and citizens to rescue animals that are left in automobiles in extreme temperatures. It further increases enforcement of existing prohibitions on keeping dogs in cruel conditions and was signed into law on by Gov. Charlie Baker on Aug. 19.
Dooley will be honored at the association’s annual award banquet on Oct. 21.
“I was very surprised and honored to receive such recognition from the Animal Control Officers – they truly are on the front line of animal welfare,” said Dooley. “As a pet owner, I was just thrilled to be a part of the team that made sure this legislation had strong bipartisan support and made it all the way to the Governor’s desk.”
Hillary Cohen who serves as the animal control officer of Norfolk as well as the eastern VP and academy director of the ACOAM went on to add, “Shawn Dooley has shown that he’s not only compassionate to animals but will jump in and help ensure that laws are equitable and fair. He was willing to help the animal control officers with legislation that will help guide agencies to work together in the future in the best interests of the animals.”