LIVE: RISPCA’s Warzycha Discusses Rhode Island Animal Welfare Laws

Saturday, July 01, 2017


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Joe Warzycha

Joe Warzycha with the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) visited GoLocal LIVE to give an update on the status of multiple animal welfare laws within the state and the city of Providence. 

Warzycha says despite the best efforts of animal rights activists, House Bill 6023 died on the Senate floor. The bill aimed to prohibit the confinement of chickens in battery cages. 

The Providence City Council approved a Dog Breeding Ordinance in May, and Wazycha says not much changed with current laws already on the books. He says the ordinance was an effort to battle “backyard breeding” or irresponsible breeding.

One more law that made it’s way through state legislation is a bill that mandates state certification for animal control officers. Warzycha says that bill is now waiting on a signature from the Governor. 


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