The Rhode Island SPCA has been an advocate for the well-being of all creatures great and small since 1870. One of our mission objectives is to protect the safety of all animals in our state. As the only humane society in the state of RI with state wide animal cruelty investigative powers we see much of what others do not. This has enabled us to work closely with elected officials in drafting animal cruelty laws.

Here are some of Rhode Island’s accomplishments:

  • Expanded family court jurisdiction to enter protective orders to provide for the safety and welfare of household pets in domestic abuse situations.
  • Bonding/Pre-conviction forfeiture law to aid in the quick disposition of animals seized during animal cruelty investigations and to provide the seizing agency with financial reimbursement for cost of care.
  • Greater restrictions on where Rhode Island Pet Shops source their dogs and cats for sale.
  • Greater protections for public safety canines and horses.

Title 4 of Rhode Island General Law covers laws relating to animal husbandry and animal cruelty. Laws pertaining to animal cruelty can be found here.

For more information, contact us at (401) 438-8150 or