The Rhode Island SPCA has been at the forefront of strengthening animal protection laws for our 150-year existence. If you have any specific questions regarding legislation, please contact our President and General Agent, Joe Warzycha at president@rispca.com. You can view the bill itself by clicking its bill number link below.

The Rhode Island SPCA is actively involved in the following legislation for the 2020 season:

S2311/H7173: Authorizes the issuance of a special motor vehicle registration plate for the Rhode Island SPCA. http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText20/SenateText20/S2311.pdf

H7740: Increases the penalty for an animal cruelty offense committed in the presence of a minor. http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText20/HouseText20/H7740.pdf

S2369/H7230: Establishes a process for the donation of unused veterinary medications for use by non-profits. http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText20/SenateText20/S2369.pdf

S2463/H7606: Establishes an Animal Welfare Advisory Council to advise the governor and the general assembly on matters relating to animal welfare, treatment, health, and safety of companion animals. http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText20/SenateText20/S2463.pdf

S2540/H7546: Prohibits a person convicted of the malicious injury/killing of an animal, from owning or exercising control of an animal for life. http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText20/SenateText20/S2540.pdf

S2698/H7912: Authorizes the potential appointment of pro-bono attorneys and supervised law students to act as animal advocates in an animal cruelty case, at the court’s discretion. http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText20/SenateText20/S2698.pdf

H7124: Authorized emergency medical service providers to transport and provide first aid to police dogs injured in the line of duty. http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText20/HouseText20/H7124.pdf

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

Last updated: 3.26.20