Full Statute Name:  Massachusetts General Laws Annotated. Part I. Administration of the Government (Ch. 1-182). Title XIX. Agriculture and Conservation (Ch. 128-132B). Chapter 129. Livestock Disease Control. § 46. License plates for vehicles transporting equine animals

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Primary Citation:  M.G.L.A. 129 § 46 - 48 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  March, 2016 Alternate Citation:  MA ST 129 § 46 - 48 Date Adopted:  1977
Summary:

This Massachusetts law provides that vehicles transporting equines must have a special license plate. Also, the use of multiple deck vehicles or the so-called "possum belly" vehicle used in the transportation of equine animals is prohibited.

Statute Text: 

§ 46. License plates for vehicles transporting equine animals

Each vehicle used for the transportation of equine animals by any person engaged in the business of dealing with such animals, when operated on any way, shall bear a metal license plate, attached to the side of the vehicle to the left of the person operating or driving the same, such plate to be furnished by the director on the payment of a fee of five dollars. Said plate shall be valid for the term for which the license is granted, but shall be returned to the director on revocation of said license. The use of multiple deck vehicles or the so-called "possum belly" vehicle used in the transportation of equine animals is prohibited.

CREDIT(S)

Added by St.1977, c. 857.

 

§ 47. Bill of sale or memorandum

A person who transports equine animals for immediate slaughter upon any public way in connection with the purchase or sale thereof, shall have in his possession a bill of sale or memorandum signed by the owner or vendor of such animals, containing the address of such owner or vendor, the date of purchase or sale, the number of animals and means of identification of each animal. Any such person transporting such equine animals shall on demand exhibit such bill of sale or memorandum to any officer qualified to serve a criminal process. No such person shall accept any such equine animal which has been transported over any such way unless accompanied by such bill of sale or memorandum. Such person accepting such animals shall endorse the bill of sale or memorandum in such manner as will signify his acceptance of such animals. Horses intended for immediate slaughter shall not be required to have a certificate as provided in section forty-four.

Credits
Added by St.1977, c. 857.

 

§ 48. Violations, penalties

Whoever violates any provisions of section forty-five to forty-seven, inclusive, or any rule or regulation made under section forty-five shall be punished for the first offense by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars and for any subsequent offense by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars, or by imprisonment for not more than two and one half years, or both.


CREDIT(S)

Added by St.1977, c. 857.
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