RI Restrictive Dog Ownership Bill Scheduled for Tuesday (06/21)

RI Restrictive Dog Ownership Bill Scheduled for Tuesday (06/21)


The Rhode Island House Committee on Judiciary is considering a bill on Tuesday that would, among other provisions make it illegal to allow your dog to play in a fenced-in backyard for more than one hour without providing an outdoor shelter.   It also allows the local SPCA to enter private property without notice or a warrant to examine dogs and enforce the new law. 

The AKC strongly supports and encourages the humane treatment of animals, including ensuring that dogs are raised in a safe and healthy environment and are protected from cruel and inhumane treatment.  As currently written, however, certain provisions in House Bill 5690 violate the rights of responsible owners without protecting the welfare of dogs.  An identical version (Senate Bill 140) is under consideration in the Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee.

Read AKC’s letter to the House Committee on Judiciary.

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

Click here for the e-mail addresses for the committee members.

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.