The Rhode Island SPCA has been at the forefront of strengthening animal protection laws for our nearly 150-year existence. Please check here to see all the bills currently at the statehouse that we are in support of and/or have had a hand in writing. If you have any specific questions regarding legislation please contact Joe Warzycha at You can view the bill itself by clicking its bill number link below.


House Bill No. 5076  BY  Lombardi, Cassar, Hull, Nardone, Roberts

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS – DOMESTIC ABUSE PREVENTION (Permits the family court to award custody of household pets to the plaintiff in a domestic abuse complaint.){LC205/1}

Status: 01/23/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


The Following are bills we are looking for and hoping will be introduced at the State House soon:

• Pre-conviction Forfeiture/Bonding: What this means, is that any person who is charged with animal cruelty would be required to post funds for the cost of care for any animal(s) seized as a result of the investigation

• Regulation of Unlicensed Animal Welfare Professionals: In 2018, the RISPCA was involved in a number of investigations involving animals that were injured or killed while in the care and custody of dog groomers and dog trainers.

• Rhode Island SPCA License Plate: In 2020, the Rhode Island SPCA will be celebrating its 150th anniversary. To commemorate this, we will be introducing a bill to create a RISPCA license plate, through which funds generated will support our mission.


Please check back here to see updates on the status of these bills and how you can get involved.