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RI House to Consider Restrictive Confinement Laws TOMORROW (6/5)

(Monday, June 04, 2012)

Rhode Island House Bill 7663 will likely be considered by the Rhode Island House of Representatives TOMORROW (Tuesday, June 5). In addition to other provisions regarding the keeping of dogs, this bill would make it a violation for a person to keep a dog outside for more than 14 hours during any 24-hour period.

It is possible that as currently written, this could restrict anyone who leaves a dog in any shelter for more than 14 hours – even if during that time the owner does allow the dog out for exercise, etc. As currently written, this would likely include temporary crating at all dog events and at home,with the exception of hunting and field trials, which are exempted from these provisions.

The AKC strongly supports the humane treatment of dogs, including providing an adequate and nutritious diet, clean living conditions, regular veterinary care, kind and responsible human companionship, and training in appropriate behavior. We believe that dogs kept in enclosures should be protected from harsh weather conditions, and provided appropriate food, water, and care; however, this should not be subject to arbitrary time limitations.

Concerned responsible dog breeders and owners in Rhode Island are strongly encouraged to contact their State Representative and ask that the bill be amended appropriately. Click here to find the name and contact information for your Representative.

For more information, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or email doglaw@akc.org.