The Woonsocket, Rhode Island City Council president introduced an ordinance that would regulate the ownership of pit bulls at last night’s council meeting. The ordinance would grandfather in dogs currently living in Woonsocket, but would prohibit new pit bulls in the city limits. Owners of pit bull type dogs would have to post signs on their property indicating a “dangerous dog” was present, as well as take out a $100,000 liability insurance policy. In addition, pit bulls would be required to wear muzzles when off their owners’ property. Any pit bull type dog found to be in violation of the law would be euthanized or required to move outside the city limits.
Rottweilers are also being targeted by the ordinance with their own set of regulations.
As expected, the ordinance was tabled last night, and a public hearing is scheduled for November 5, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. According to the city clerk, the Council is holding a work session on October 22, at 7:00 p.m. Both the hearing and work session will take place at City Hall at 169 Main Street.
Please continue to contact the Woonsocket city officials with your polite, respectful and informative opposition to breed specific legislation. Please also provide them with suggestions and viable alternatives for their consideration, as well. If you are in the Woonsocket area, please try to attend the upcoming meetings.
Woonsocket City Council
City Clerk Andrea Bicki
City of Woonsocket
169 Main Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
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