A bill has been proposed in the Rhode Island legislature that would would prevent cities and towns from “enacting regulations or ordinances specific to any particular breed of dog.”
HB5671 was introduced by Representatives Palangio, Williams, Palumbo, Lima, and DeSimone, and has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. A hearing date has not been set yet.
RHODE ISLAND RESIDENTS: Please reach out to your respective legislators, as well as the members of the House Judiciary Committee, and ask them to support HB 5671. Let them know that laws that target dogs based on their appearance rather than their behavior creates communities that are more vulnerable to dangerous dogs, not less. The passage of HB 5671 would mean cities and counties, in drafting animal control ordinances, would have to tackle the root cause of dangerous dogs, irresponsible and reckless dog owners, rather than pass a blanket law that regulates all members of specific breeds.
To find the legislators for your district, please visit this link:
House Judiciary Committee Members
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Committee clerk: Roberta Dimezza (401) 222-2258