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 jwarzycha@rispca.com. You can view the bill itself by clicking its bill number link below.


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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

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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.

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