RI Committee to Consider Dog Ownership Bill TOMORROW (4/27)

RI Committee to  Consider Dog Ownership Bill TOMORROW (4/27)


The Rhode Island Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture is considering a bill tomorrow that would, among other provisions make it illegal to allow your dog to remain in a fenced-in backyard for more than one hour without providing an outdoor shelter.   This bill was heard by the committee in March, but was held for further study.

All responsible dog owners in Rhode Island are encouraged to contact the committee TODAY and express any concerns you have with this bill.  


Senate Bill 140, in addition to other provisions, would make it a violation of the animal cruelty statute to keep any dog “outside, tethered, penned, caged or otherwise confined” for more than one hour without access to an outdoor housing facility, unless the person caring for the dog also remains outside.  As currently written, this could mean that someone allowing their dog to play in a fenced-in backyard for an hour must have an outdoor facility available, unless they remain outside with the dog.

It also empowers the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) and animal control officers to enter private property without a warrant and examine the dogs to ensure compliance with the tethering, confinement, and basic care requirements in this bill.

The AKC Government Relations Department will continue to closely track this legislation.  For questions or more information, contact us at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.