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Dog in Gas Chamber

Dog in Gas Chamber

The legislation on a ban on the gas chamber came at the request of Defenders of Animals because the organization was convinced that the device was an inhumane method for euthanizing dogs and cats.

The General Assembly passed Senator John J. Tassoni’s bill in (2005 – Senate version. It provides for the disposal of animals by lethal injection only.

The House version was introduced by Representative Charlene M. Lima (D) who represents District 14 in Cranston and Providence. Representative Lima serves as the Deputy Speaker.


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Defenders of Animals supported dog protection legislation becomes law in Rhode Island.
Defenders of Animals supported dog protection legislation becomes law in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island General Assembly passes Rep. Joseph Solomon’s bill that prohibits keeping dogs outside in extreme temperatures

The new law would make it a violation to keep any dog outside when the ambient temperature is beyond the industry standard for the weather safety scale as set forth in the most recent adopted version of the Tufts Animal Care and Condition Weather Safety Scale. The Tufts Safety Scale, developed at Tufts University, was designed to help animal control officers, cruelty investigators, veterinarians, and others more accurately determine the condition of a potentially neglected dog. “It is important,” said Representative Solomon, “not only to help protect defenseless dogs, but to make certain that those who mistreat them face serious consequences.”
Posted on Jul 06, 2017 by defenders


Circus Protest: Providence, RI
Defenders of Animals, Inc., and others will be protesting again at the Ringling Bros. Circus on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at 10 AM at the Dunkin Donuts Center. Please call Defenders of Animals at 401-461-1922 or send an email to defendersofanimals@msn.com.
Posted on May 02, 2015 by defenders


No Pet Store in East Providence can sell dogs or cats
No pet store in East Providence can sell dogs and cats:
The East Providence City Council unanimously voted tonight to pass an ordinance that bans pet stores from selling dogs and cats. If a pet store does sell a puppy at this point, they can be fined up to $2,000 for each separate offense.

Kudos to Councilwoman Christine A. Rossi for introducing the proposed ordinance and for the following council members for voting for the initiative:
James A. Briden, Mayor; Thomas A. Rose, Jr., Assistant Mayor; Helder J. Cunha; and Tracy A Capobianco.
Posted on Jun 14, 2014 by defenders


2nd Annual Rescue Revolution Bike Ride
2nd Annual Rescue Revolution Bike Ride Benefiting the
Defenders Of Animals

Date: 05/19/2013
Registration: 9:00am
Bike Ride: 12:00 noon sharp
Event Location: Brightridge Club
59 Brightridge Ave.
East Providence, RI 02914

Fee: $25.00 include Bike t-shirt and meal
Food, raffles and entertainment
Non-riders welcome
This is a Police Escorted ride through scenic Northern Rhode Island starting and ending at the Brightridge Club.

For More Information:
Dennis Tabella 401-461-1922
Kim Casci 401-338-4321
Tommy Rose 401-952-8208
Jim Miller 401-954-2412
Posted on May 19, 2013 by defenders


Save Thousands of Dogs and Cats on Wednesday, March 20, 2013
You can Save thousands of animals in Rhode Island by participating at the legislative hearings on Wednesday, March 20.


HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY



NOTICE OF MEETING
DATE: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
TIME: Rise of the House (Usually Between 4:00 Pm and 4:30 PM)
PLACE: Room 313 - State House



SCHEDULED FOR CONSIDERATION

House Bill No. 5333
BY Fellela, Costantino, Giarrusso, Winfield, Ucci
(would require that animal shelters meet certain specified conditions prior to euthanizing an animal)
02/07/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


House Bill No. 5426
BY Serpa, Fellela, Costa, Shekarchi, Azzinaro
(would provide penalties for requiring the devocalization of dogs and cats as a condition of real estate occupancy)
02/13/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

House Bill No. 5429
BY Shekarchi, Baldelli-Hunt, Costantino, Serpa, Ferri
(would allow a RI incorporated animal welfare or animal rights organization to assist a pet owner in the adoption process provided the organization is not involved in the sale of such animal.)
02/13/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


House Bill No. 5431
BY Shekarchi, Baldelli-Hunt, Costantino, Serpa, Ferri
(would expand the definition of guardian, in the law on animal care, to include a Rhode Island incorporated animal welfare or animal rights group)
02/13/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

House Bill No. 5492
(by request)
BY Hearn, Amore, Kazarian
(would impose a fine of three hundred dollars ($300) to be paid to the state department of environmental management on any licensed releasing agency offering unspayed or unneutered cats for sale or adoption)
02/14/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

House Bill No. 5494
BY DeSimone, Ackerman, Lima, Fellela, Shekarchi
(would expand the meaning of unnecessary cruelty to one who willfully, intentionally, maliciously, recklessly and/or knowingly authorizes or permits that animal to be subjected to unnecessary torture, suffering or cruelty of any kind)
02/14/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

House Bill No. 5671
BY Palangio, Williams, Palumbo, Lima, DeSimone
(would prevent cities and towns from enacting any regulation or ordinance specific to any particular breed of dog, cat or other animal.)
02/27/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON CORPORATIONS


NOTICE OF MEETING

DATE: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
TIME: Rise of the House (Starting Between 4 PM and 4:30 PM)
PLACE: Room 203 - State House

House Bill No. 5398
BY Shekarchi, Baldelli-Hunt, Costantino, Serpa, Ferri
(would impose additional regulations on the operation of pet grooming facilities.)
02/13/2013 Introduced, referred to House Corporations
Posted on Mar 20, 2013 by defenders


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