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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Help RI to be a no-kill state
Rhode Island destroys up to 3,000 cats and dogs every year at its municipal and private shelters.

Defenders of Animals has legislation that will give cats and dogs a chance to survive and increase the chances of finding a home.

This act would require that animal shelters meet certain specified conditions prior to
euthanizing an animal

Please contact the following Committee members and ask them to support bill H-5333
House Committee on Judiciary
Legislator Appointment E-mail
Representative Edith H. Ajello Chairperson

Representative Joseph S. Almeida Member

Representative Christopher R. Blazejewski Member

Representative Doreen Marie Costa Member

Representative Robert E. Craven, Sr. Member

Representative John J. DeSimone Vice Chairperson

Representative Donald J. Lally Jr. Member

Representative Charlene Lima Member

Representative Michael J. Marcello Member

Representative Peter F. Martin Secretary

Representative J. Patrick O'Neill Member

Representative K. Joseph Shekarchi Member

Representative Donna M. Walsh Member
Posted on Feb 08, 2013 by defenders

Pit Bulls: Woonsocket, RI
PIT BULLS: Woonsocket, RI

WOONSOCKET CALL Thursday, November 8, 2012
A legislative crackdown on pit bull dogs has been tabled by the City Council, which now says it wants to work more closely with pet owners to address growing concerns about the burgeoning population of the controversial canines.

City Council President John Ward, who proposed curbs on the dogs that mirror those in effect in Pawtucket for several years, says the council might have to be a little more creative to find a solution that balances the interests of responsible pet owners and the need to protect the public from vicious dogs.

The idea is to be a little more comprehensive about the problem rather than slapping together an ordinance we might have trouble enforcing," said Ward.

Ward proposed a law that would have banned the licensing of any new pit bulls after the measure was passed and forced the owners of existing pit bulls to obtain $100,000 worth of liability insurance on their dog. All breeds commonly called pit bulls, including the American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier or any mixed-breed that looks like one of those purebreds would have been affected.

Pit bull owners and other animal rights activists sharply criticized the proposal during each of several public airings of the measure, calling it punitive and unnecessarily heavy-handed.

The ordinance was on the council's agenda for preliminary passage on Monday, but the panel ended up tabling it unanimously after the proposal.

One of the speakers, Dennis Tabella, director of Defenders of Animals, said Woonsocket simply cannot marshal the resources to manage the pit bull problem the same way as Pawtucket, which has made significant investments in shelter space and manpower to round up rogue dogs.

Furthermore, Tabella asserts, Pawtucket's strategy is hardly worthy of copying. Pawtucket officials may hold up their law as a model of efficiency that has all but flattened the population of pit bulls in the city since it was enforced, but Tabella says its dog pound is full of pit bulls on a regular basis. "What do you do with those dogs, euthanize them?" said Tabella. "If you're going to inundate your local shelter with a lot of pit bulls, it's not working."

Too many pit bulls get tarred with a broad brush as vicious, unpredictable dogs, says Tabella. Once, his group went to court to free five pit bulls which the city of East Providence had impounded as vicious dogs. The court ordered the dogs released to Defenders of Animals, which successfully rehabilitated them.

It was Tabella who first suggested forming a task force to study the issue when he addressed the council on Monday. As a starting point, Tabella says the city might be more successful in controlling pit bulls not by going after their owners, but by focusing on landlords who allow tenants to keep the dogs in their apartments. "Those people will move," he said. "You may be dumping the problem on another city but you're trying to solve the problem in Woonsocket."

The proposed crackdown came after a pit bull attack sent three people from Sayles Street to the hospital with bite wounds recently. The dog was euthanized a day later under an emergency order from the State Department of Health after the animal control officer deemed the animal unadoptable.

ACO Doris Kay, who was herself mauled by a pit bull about two years ago in an incident that caused her to lose nearly a year of work, has long been calling for tougher laws to control pit bulls and related breeds, which appear to have become the most predominant in the city. Kay has told members of the City Council that pit bulls are responsible for more bites "and bites that cause more physical damage” than any other kind of dog in Woonsocket.

Mayor Leo Fontaine doesn't dispute that many pit bull owners are responsible, nurturing pet owners, but he says that there are others who are prone to neglect the dogs, raising animals that can be unpredictable and dangerous. While the issue may be backburnered for further study, Fontaine praised the City Council for taking the time to address the issue in a way that's practical and effective for the city.

"There is a concern about the cost and our ability to enforce it given our limited resources," says the mayor. "Now we're going to have an opportunity to sit down with dog owners, animal rights groups or anyone that wants to be involved to talk about what to do about the problem."

One thing the council learned from exploring the issue is that the city would require the blessing of the General Assembly before enacting new regulations to control pit bulls. Lawmakers won't convene for the 2013 session until January, but Council President Ward says that in the meantime he wants to assemble interested parties to begin developing a legislative proposal that works for the city.
Posted on Nov 08, 2012 by defenders

Lincoln Mall Event for Animals
The Humane Association of Northwestern RI and Defenders of Animals, in collaboration with the Lincoln Mall, will be hosting an event on Saturday, October 27 from 10 AM to 4 PM.
The Lincoln Mall will be hosting a Trick or Treat event from 12 Noon to 2 PM (parking lot) consisting of crafts, costume contest, pumpkin patch, face painting, bounce house and retailer participation.
The humane Association of Northwestern RI and Defenders of Animals will be at a store inside the mall conducting cat adoptions, doing face painting, organizing games with children, making crafts with children, selling dog biscuits and other pet products, selling crafts, and other gift items, including T-Shirts.
Posted on Oct 27, 2012 by defenders

According to a report from the RI Department of Environmental Management Division of Fish and Wildlife issued May 2, 2012, (2011-12) in their RI White-Tailed Deer Status Report, there were a number of Deer Auto Strikes (accidents involving a vehicle and deer) in Rhode Island, including the following list of communities that allow deer hunting.

When you consider these percentage increases regarding deer and auto collisions, it is clear that deer hunting does not decrease the number of deer auto strikes. To date (2011-12), 2,413 deer have been killed by hunters.

In spite of the high number of deer killed by hunters throughout RI, deer and auto accidents have increased in 74% of Rhode Island’s 38 communities.

Based on these statistics, there is no evidence that would remotely indicate that establishing a hunting season in Lincoln would decrease the number of deer auto strikes.

The following communities have allowed deer hunting for years. When you look at the increases in the percentage of deer auto strikes in these communities that allow deer hunting, killing deer is not the answer.

What is clear is what the National Insurance Institute stated years ago; namely, that the deer mating season and the hunting season happening at the same time is a major factor in vehicle deer collisions throughout the United States since they both contribute to the movement of deer.

The seven communities listed below have all had a significant number of deer killed by hunters for decades including last year; yet, the most recent status report shows significant percentage increases in deer and vehicle accidents for the 2011-12 period.

Why would a deer hunting season reduce collisions in Lincoln when it has not worked in other Rhode Island communities that have deer hunting seasons?

Look at some of the towns below that allow deer hunting and the increases in deer/auto collisions.

New Shoreham (Block Island) 150%
Scituate 107%
Tiverton 77%
Glocester 59%
Little Compton 50%
East Greenwich 44%
Coventry 39%

PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING Lincoln, RI officials and ask them not to allow deer hunting in Lincoln:

Council Members:
Arthur S. Russo, Jr.
District 1 - Saylesville/Fairlawn

James R. Jahnz - Vice President
District 4 - Albion

John W. Flynn
District 2 - Lonsdale

Keith E. Macksoud - President
District 3 - Limerock

Kenneth G. Pichette
District 5 - Manville

T. Joseph Almond, Town Administrator
Phone (401) 333-8419

Dennis Tabella, Director of Defenders of Animals, Inc.
Posted on Oct 07, 2012 by defenders

Yankee Candle Fundraising Event
Yankee Candle Fundraiser: Sponsored by the Humane Association of Northwester RI. Please call them at 401-568-3223 or 401-568-5734 for further details.<br><br>
Posted on Oct 01, 2012 by defenders

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