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Rhode Island Legislation 2019
Defenders of Animals is in favor of the following 22 bills, wants changes made to the four bills that follow, and is opposed to the last three bills listed: Rhode Island Legislation 2019

House Bill No. 5072
BY Serpa, Lima, Shekarchi, McKiernan, Shanley (Prohibits pet shops from offering for sale cats or dogs that are not obtained from an animal shelter, dog pound or animal rescue. Further prohibits any person from selling, exchanging, trading, bartering or displaying any dog or cat in public.) referred to House H.E.W.

Senate Bill No. 705
BY Coyne, Lynch Prata, Valverde (Prohibits pet shops from offering for sale cats or dogs that are not obtained from an animal shelter, dog pound or animal rescue. Further prohibits any person from selling, exchanging, trading, bartering or displaying any dog or cat in public.)
03/21/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

House Bill No. 5246 BY Lima, Solomon, Costantino, Marshall, Serpa (Prohibits renting/leasing/financing sales of dogs/cats. Sets forth penalties for violations and exemptions to the act.)

House Bill No. 5267 BY Solomon, Lima, Serpa, O'Brien, Johnston
(Prohibits a medical school in this state from using a live animal while teaching medical procedures if there is an alternate teaching method utilized by at least one accredited school in the state.) referred to House H.E.W.

House Bill No. 5076
BY Lombardi, Cassar, Hull, Nardone, Roberts (Permits the family court to award custody of household pets to the plaintiff in a domestic abuse complaint.)
referred to House Judiciary

House Bill No. 5768 BY Lima, Serpa, Ackerman, Marshall, Bennett (Prohibits the purchase, sale, offer for sale or possession with intent to sell covered animal parts or products and provide for penalties for violation ranging from misdemeanor to felony upon conviction.) referred to House Judiciary

Senate Bill No. 160 BY Lynch Prata, Coyne, Archambault (Provides for the mandatory microchipping of all dogs and cats and applicable penalties to the owner for failing to microchip the animal.) referred to Senate Judiciary

Senate Bill No. 167 BY Lynch Prata, Coyne (Prohibits the use of wild or exotic animals in traveling animal acts and sets forth the penalties for violation of such prohibition.) referred to Senate Judiciary

House Bill No. 5130
BY McNamara, Ackerman, Kislak, Diaz, Edwards (Prohibits the practice of importing a wild animal into the state, which animal is not native or indigenous to the state, for the purpose of conducting canned hunting.)referred to House H.E.W.

House Bill No. 5073
BY O'Brien, Marshall, Williams, Serpa, Lima (Prohibits declawing on a cat or other animal, unless a licensed veterinarian has determined that the procedure is necessary for a therapeutic purpose.) referred to House H.E.W.

Senate Bill No. 481
BY Morgan, Paolino, de la Cruz, Rogers (Bans persons convicted of animal cruelty from possessing companion animals.) referred to Senate Judiciary

House Bill No. 5113
BY Corvese, Azzinaro, Edwards, Slater, O'Brien (Creates the "animal abuser registry act" which would require all persons convicted of crimes involving animal abuse to register with an online registry to be established and maintained by the attorney general's office.) referred to House Judiciary

Senate Bill No. 82 BY Lombardi, McCaffrey, Felag, Ciccone, Lombardo (Requires all persons or entities caring for or having custody of an animal to report animal abuse, cruel neglect or abandonment to the police.) referred to Senate Judiciary

Senate Bill No. 83 BY Crowley, Seveney (Prohibits the use of a dog or cat as security for its purchase where the seller or lender can repossess the dog or cat for failure to make payments. It also provides exceptions for certain agricultural activities.) referred to Senate Judiciary

Senate Bill No. 225 BY Ruggerio, Ciccone, Goodwin, Archambault, McCaffrey
(Expands family court jurisdiction to enter protective orders to provide for the safety and welfare of household pets in domestic abuse situations.) referred to Senate Judiciary

House Bill No. 5428 BY Fellela, Ucci, Messier, Serpa, Lima (Provides that any person who is convicted of, or pleads nolo contendere to a charge of cruelty to animals shall be required to reimburse any adoptive owner for reasonable costs associated with treating the animals' injuries.) referred to House H.E.W.

Senate Bill No. 159 BY Archambault, Ruggerio, Rogers, Euer, Raptakis
(Authorizes law enforcement/animal control officer to hold animal confined in motor vehicle up to 72 hours pending district court hearing as to costs/fees/surrender of possession/ownership.) referred to Senate Judiciary

House Bill No. 5483 BY O'Brien, Shekarchi, Lima, Vella-Wilkinson, Serpa (Creates a legal process by which formerly cohabitating parties could seek from the district court a determination as to ownership of any pet.) referred to House Judiciary

Senate Bill No. 465
BY Lynch Prata (Authorizes certain state and municipal agents to take possession of animals found abandoned or neglected, and to proceed to provide all necessary care and treatment for the animal.) referred to Senate Judiciary

House Bill No. 5023
BY O'Brien, Marshall, Williams, Hawkins, Mendez (Expands family court jurisdiction to enter protective orders to provide for the safety and welfare of household pets in domestic abuse situations.) referred to House Judiciary

House Bill No. 5062 BY Edwards, Canario, Serpa, Lima, Shekarchi (Provides that the trapping and subsequent release of any unowned feral or free roaming cat for the purpose of spaying or neutering of the cat shall not be considered abandonment.)
referred to House H.E.W.

House Bill No. 5433
BY Ackerman, Serpa, Vella-Wilkinson, Morin, Casimiro (Authorizes certain state and municipal agents to take possession of animals found abandoned or neglected, and to proceed to provide all necessary care and treatment for the animal.) referred to House H.E.W.

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Defenders of Animals is opposed to the following four bills as they are presently written:

House Bill No. 5299 BY Hawkins, Lima, Phillips, Noret, Serodio
(Prohibits misrepresentation of the status of an animal as a service animal in order to acquire any right or privilege afforded disabled persons.) referred to House H.E.W.

Senate Bill No. 308 BY Picard (Prohibits misrepresentation of the status of an animal as a service animal in order to acquire any right or privilege afforded disabled persons.) referred to Senate Health and Human Services

House Bill No. 5265 BY Shekarchi, Lima, Noret, Donovan, Ackerman (Establishes an animal rights advisory council to advise the governor and the general assembly on matters relating to animal rights, treatment, health, and safety.) referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 5436
BY Ucci, Corvese, Lima, Kazarian, Fellela (Defines pet trainers and requires trainers to be licensed. This act would further provide that all trainers must provide adequate housing facilities and/or primary enclosures for all animals.)referred to House H.E.W.


Defenders of Animals is opposed to the following legislation:


House Bill No. 5297
BY McNamara, Jackson, Amore, Serodio, Noret
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- ANIMAL CARE (Regulates unlicensed animal care providers by subjecting them to inspection by DEM or RISPCA for animal care facilities violations with $350 civil fine per day for denial of access to premises and grants access issuance of search warrant.)
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02/06/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
02/15/2019 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/27/2019)
02/27/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Senate Bill No. 699 (Please read entire bill)
BY Ruggerio, Ciccone, Pearson, Lombardo, Goodwin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY (Prohibits pet shops from offering for sale cats or dogs that are not obtained from an animal shelter, dog pound or animal rescue. Further prohibits any person from selling, exchanging, trading, bartering or displaying any dog or cat in public.)
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03/21/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

House Bill No. 5849
BY Ucci
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FISH AND WILDLIFE - FIELD TRIALS AND SHOOTING PRESERVES (Authorizes shooting preserves of five hundred (500) acres or greater to allow hunting deer, elk, or other animals in addition to domestic game birds as regulated by the department of environmental management.)
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03/14/2019 Introduced, referred to House Environment and Natural Resources
03/15/2019 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
03/20/2019 Committee postponed at request of sponsor (03/21/2019)
Posted on Mar 03, 2019 by defenders


Pro-Animal Legislation Passed in the Rhode Island General Assembly in 2018
Legislation passed during the 2018 General Assembly Session and now the law in RI:

House Bill No. 7414 Lima, Fellela, Winfield, O'Brien, Solomon (Requires educational institutions using dogs or cats for medical research to make animals no longer useful for research available for adoption.) referred to House H.E.W.

House Bill No. 7456 SUB A Serpa, Shanley, Solomon, McKiernan, O'Brien (Makes changes in the definitions of what constitutes unlawful confinement of any sow during gestation, calf raised for veal or egg-laying hen kept on a farm, and would apply them throughout the chapter accordingly.) House Environment and Natural Resources

House Bill No. 7045 SUB A Serpa, Solomon, Shanley, O'Brien, Shekarchi Prohibits mistreatment of animals by failing to provide adequate water, shelter or veterinary care.) House H.E.W.

Senate Bill No. 2055 Lynch-Prata, Sosnowski, Coyne, Goodwin, McCaffrey (Repeals exception which allows hunting dogs to be kept outdoors in cold weather.) Senate Environment and Agriculture

Senate Bill No. 2133 Seveney, DiPalma, Coyne, Euer, Calkin (Protects homeless persons in possession of a service animal, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, from being denied access to any homeless shelter in violation of the ADA or the state or federal Fair Housing Practices Acts.) Senate Housing and Municipal Government

Senate Bill No. 2135 Ciccone, Ruggerio (Increases the penalty for repeat convictions for animal cruelty.) Senate Judiciary

Senate Bill No. 2777 SUB A BY Lombardi(Prohibits the sale of dogs until fully weaned unless approval for sale in writing is obtained from a licensed veterinarian. Violations are punishable by imprisonment not to exceed 12 months or $1,000, or both. Pounds and shelters are exempt.)

Senate Bill No. 2980 BY Ruggerio, Archambault (Requires educational institutions using dogs or cats for medical research to make animals no longer useful for research available for adoption.)

House Bill No. 7641 Shekarchi, Corvese, O'Brien, Serpa, Winfield (Prohibits the sale of dogs under 8 weeks of age unless approval for sale in writing from a licensed Rhode Island veterinarian with violations subject to imprisonment not to exceed 12 months or $1,000, or both. Pounds and shelters are exempt.) House Judiciary Companion bill:

Senate Bill No. 2777 SUB A BY Lombardi (Prohibits the sale of dogs until fully weaned unless approval for sale in writing is obtained from a licensed veterinarian. Violations are punishable by imprisonment not to exceed 12 months or $1,000, or both. Pounds and shelters are exempt.)

House Bill No. 7986 O'Brien, Almeida, Williams, McEntee, Ucci (Requires persons entrusted with an animal's care to report cruelty thereto.) House H.E.W.

House Bill No. 8170 BY Nardolillo, Shanley, Canario, Hull, Quattrocchi (Takes away the discretion of the sentencing judge in cases involving persons convicted of, or who entered a plea of nolo contendere to any misdemeanor or felony under the provisions of state law relating to cruelty to animals.)
Posted on Sep 12, 2018 by defenders


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