Animal Control Officer Training
moved that the bill be amended Ms. Jehlen and Mr. Montigny move to amend the bill (Senate, No. 2184) in Section 21, by inserting after the word “addresses”, in line 385, the following words:- “and date of hire”;
in said section 21, in proposed section 151C, by striking out the third sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- “A training course that is offered by a private entity, including, but not limited to, the Animal Control Officers Association, shall not be eligible for reimbursement from the Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund unless such course has been approved by the commissioner.”; and
by adding the following section:-
SECTION 48. Each animal control officer shall, within 24 months of the effective date of this act for existing animal control officers, and within 12 months from the officer’s date of hire for animal control officers hired after the effective date of this act, subject to the availability of funds in the Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund established in section 35TT of chapter 10 of the General Laws, as determined by the commissioner of the department of agricultural resources, complete a training course offered under section 151C of chapter 140 of the General Laws. Priority for training existing animal control officers shall be given to officers who have served in such capacity for 12 months or less.