Yesterday, Massachusetts Governor Patrick signed bill 2184 into law. The law is fairly comprehensive and calls for a statewide spay/neuter program, requires animal control officers to receive training, prevents gassing as a form of euthanasia, provides protection for both animals and people in domestic violence cases and prevents communities from declaring a dog aggressive or dangerous based on its breed, or look.
You can read the law in its entirety here -- I confess that I haven't gotten all the way through it but there certainly appear to be some very good changes here and some definite progress. Meanwhile it also prevents breed bans or other breed-specific laws from taking shape -- making Massachusetts among (I think) 14 states in the US to do so. Cool.
It's unclear if or how the law will affect communities like Boston that already have breed-specific laws in place, but for now, celebrate more progress for the dogs.