RISPCA Sees Improvement with Animal Protection Laws in RI

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

 

View Larger +

For countless years, humans and animals have bonded in remarkable ways – for companionship, for protection and for working side by side with their human counterparts in various endeavors. Animals are welcomed into our homes; pets have become a part of our families. Unfortunately in today’s society, despite man’s humanity; impertinence, insensitivity and cruelty are still a part of his being.
 

For years, individuals and animal rights organizations have worked to offer protection for animals, advocating for laws against cruelty and neglect and to punish those who would prey on defenseless animals.

In Rhode Island, the voices of those speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves calling for justice for animals has been heard. Our elected officials have taken action and are sending a clear message, through the law, that animal cruelty will not be tolerated and that those who mistreat animals will be dealt with and justice will be served.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund last year, in its ninth annual report, ranked Rhode Island the 9th best state in the nation regarding the breadth and strength of its animal protection laws. The 2014 U.S. Animal Protection Laws Ranking Report placed Rhode Island second best of the New England states, behind Maine, which ranked 2nd, and ahead of Massachusetts, the next-best New England state at 13th.

On behalf of the Rhode Island Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and in the name of all humane groups, volunteers, donors and individuals who believe in the humane treatment of all creatures great and small I want to compliment the Rhode Island General Assembly for its long-standing and continuing commitment to enacting laws to protect the welfare of animals. In the face of so many other pressing issues in our state, our legislators have nonetheless recognized that what allegedly sets us above animals includes how we treat them.

 Although Rhode Island already had many good animal protection laws in place, a number of very important laws were enacted during the last two years that further our efforts to fight cruelty and punish those who would abuse and mistreat animals. 
 
-- It is now a misdemeanor for any person to confine any animal in a motor vehicle which places the animal in a life-threatening or extreme health threatening situation by exposing the animal to a prolonged period of extreme heat or cold. Under the law, any animal control officer, law enforcement officer or firefighter who has probable cause to believe the law is being violated has the authority to enter the vehicle to rescue the animal. The misdemeanor charge carries a punishment of imprisonment of up to one year, a fine of up to $1,000, or both. The owner of the animal is also responsible for all charges resulting from the care, medical treatment and impoundment of the animal at the agency where it is taken by the rescuing official.
 
-- Rhode Island law now requires that individuals convicted of or pleading to a charge of animal cruelty will be financially responsible for all medical costs and the cost  of care for those animals while in the safe haven of the RISPCA.
 
-- Rhode Island now regulates the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats adopted from a licensed releasing agency. 
 

-- It is now prohibited to require the declawing or devocalization of dogs and cats as a condition of real estate occupancy.
 
-- Judges now have at their discretion the ability to prevent a person who has been convicted or pleads nolo contendere with animal cruelty from owning or residing in a household with a pet.
 
-- An Animal Advocate appointed by the DEM or RISPCA shall make recommendations to any court before which the custody or well-being of an animal is at issue.      
 
-- There are now laws specifying minimal living conditions for animals including proper shelter, sanitation and confinement constraints. 
 
Pets seek little in return for the unconditional love they give to us. Their safety and the quality of their lives is and always will be in our hands, and thanks to Rhode Island’s lawmakers who have heeded to the voices of their constituents they are in very good hands.

Dr. EJ Finocchio, D.V.M. is the President of the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

 

Related Slideshow: Cats, Dogs, and Critters Available for Adoption—January 21, 2014

View Larger +
Prev Next

Choco

Age: 3 years old

Breed(s): Pit bull type mix

Meet Choco, a 5-year-old gentleman with a handsome face and sweet soul. He is an amazing athlete, and would love to go on outings and adventures with you. A perfect day would include going for a long hike, playing ball, and romping around with a tire toy (big or small—he isn't picky!). If you are looking for a new best friend, then you might be the perfect match for Choco.

Find Choco here!

View Larger +
Prev Next

Jasper

Age: 3 years old

Breed(s): Boxer mix

Hi! My name is Jasper, and I'm a 3-year-old hunk. I love playing around with people and dog friends, especially when we can run around outside! I could really use a refresher on manners, but the staff says I'm super smart and will pick things up in no time! I need lots of love, exercise, and a warm bed to sleep in at the end of the day. Take me home today!

Find Jasper here!

View Larger +
Prev Next

Mr. Bingley

Age: young adult

Breed(s): Pit bull type mix

Meet Mr. Bingley, a special boy who will steal your heart the moment you meet him. Always happy, he is a friend to everyone he meets (but should be the only animal in the home!). Mr. Bingley recently lost his hearing, but has adjusted beautifully to hand signals and training...being deaf hasn't slowed this goofy guy down a bit! He is a great mixture of silly, active, affectionate, and independent. Please ask a staff member today about Mr. Bingley; he would love to meet you today.

View Larger +
Prev Next

Pookie

Age: 2 years old

Breed(s): Domestic Short Hair

Hi, I'm Pookie! I'm a year-old female and I would do best in a home without any other pets. My feline-ality is the Secret Admirer. When it comes to relationships, I'm very level-headed. I don't leap in paws first, if you know what I mean. But give me a little time, and I'll shower you with purrs, head-butts, and plenty of lap time. In the meantime, you may not see a lot of me, but I'll be thinking a lot of you! I'm also part of the "We're Still Waiting" program so my adoption fee is 1/2 off!

Find Pookie here!

View Larger +
Prev Next

Sub-Zero

Age: 1 year old

Breed(s): Domestic Short Hair

Hi, I'm Sub-Zero! I'm a 1-year-old male and my feline-ality is the Executive. I have to say, I'm a busy cat. First, I've got to check out what's happening out the window. Next, I'll see if any closets or cupboards need looking into. And then there are my naps-—can't be late for those, although I can fit a little socializing into my schedule. Shall we plan on breakfast and dinner? I hope you like kibbles.

Find Sub-Zero here!

View Larger +
Prev Next

Sundance & Rascal

Age: 4 & 6 years old

Breed(s): Domestic Short Hair

Sundance and Rascal are best friends so they hope to be adopted together. They're both boys, and Sundance is 6 years old and Rascal is 4 years old. Sundance & Rascal are part of our Special Adoptions program PARL Pals. Some animals, like people, just belong together. PARL Pals are pets that may have lived together all of their lives or maybe they just bonded during their stay at our shelter. Either way, we just can’t bear to see them separated! It’s our hope that a special adopter will feel the same way as we do and adopt them together. To make the deal even sweeter, we’ve made their adoption fees a 2-for-1 deal!

Find Sundance and Rascal here!

View Larger +
Prev Next

Van Gogh

Age: 2 years old

Breed(s): Domestic Short Hair

Hi, I'm Van Gogh! I'm a 2-year-old male and my feline-ality is the Executive! I have to say, I'm a busy cat. First, I've got to check out what's happening out the window. Next, I'll see if any closets or cupboards need looking into. And then there are my naps-—can't be late for those, although I can fit a little socializing into my schedule. Shall we plan on breakfast and dinner? I hope you like kibbles.

Find Van Gogh here!

View Larger +
Prev Next

Rose

Age: 7 months old

Breed(s): New Zealand rabbit

Hi! I'm Rose and I am a 7-month-old New Zealand rabbit. I love to play and run around, and new toys are the best. I'm a great hay eater and use my litter box like a pro, so if you're looking for an active young rabbit to play with then I'm the one for you!

Find Rose here!

 

View Larger +
Prev Next

Bashful

Age: 1 year old

Breed(s): Holland Lop rabbit

Hi! My name is Bashful and I'm a happy 1-year-old guy. I'm a Holland Lop that loves to play around and make new friends, plus I'm already trained with my litter box! If you're looking for a rabbit that likes to have fun, then I'm the bun for you!

Find Bashful here!

View Larger +
Prev Next

Waffles

Age: 1 year old

Breed(s): Dutch Mix Rabbit

Hi! My name is Waffles and I am a handsome 1-year-old guy. I love exploring and playing with new toys. I'm pretty good with my litter box and will have mastered it soon. Come down and meet me so you can take me home for a new adventure!

 
 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.

 
 

Sign Up for the Daily Eblast

I want to follow on Twitter

I want to Like on Facebook

X

Stay Connected — Free
Daily Email