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Rhode Island House Bill 7167, which will be heard by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, February 7, seeks to allow domestic protection orders issued in the state to also order for the safety and welfare of all household animals and pets.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) supports H7167’s amendments to the state’s domestic violence statutes allowing for the issuance of protective orders that seek to guard pets from harm, risk of harm, or alienation.  These provisions should not impact the legal status of animals as property.

Click here to read AKC’s Canine Legislation Position Statement on Protections for Pets Under State Domestic Violence Acts.

Rhode Island dog owners are encouraged to email the members and clerk of the House Judiciary Committee and express support of H7167 prior to their February 7 hearing.  Click here to view the Committee’s February 7 agenda.

Representative Cale P. Keable, Chairperson –

Representative Edith H. Ajello, First Vice-Chairwoman –

Representative Carol Hagan McEntee, Second Vice-Chairwoman –

Representative Joseph S. Almeida –

Representative Dennis M. Canario –

Representative Arthur J. Corvese –

Representative David A. Coughlin, Jr. –

Representative Robert E. Craven, Sr. –

Representative John G. Edwards –

Representative Blake A. Filippi –

Representative Jason Knight –

Representative Jeremiah T. O’Grady –

Representative Justin Price –

Representative Sherry Roberts –

Representative Evan P. Shanley –

Representative Camille Vella-Wilkinson –

Committee Clerk Roberta Dimezza —

For more information on H7167, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or email