Residents of Rhode Island, your quick action is needed.
A bill has been introduced that would create regulations for pit bull type dogs on the STATE level, much like the recently repealed Ohio law.
SB 178 would regulate the care and control of “pit bulls” including requirements for insurance, confinement and muzzling.
One of the more outrageous portions of this bill…
“(a) Signs Required. Every veterinary office, kennel, commercial breeder, commercial animal establishment, pet shop and dog grooming business must post a sign stating in English, the following:
“BOTH PURE AND MIXED BREED PITBULL DOGS ARE CLASSIFIED AS DANGEROUS. FAILURE TO REGISTER, MUZZLE, CONFINE, AND INSURE A PITBULL IS A VIOLATION OF THE LAWS SUBJECT TO PENALTY. Chapter 4-13.1 of the Rhode Island General Laws.
“IF YOU OR YOUR FAMILY IS AT RISK BECAUSE SOMEONE LIVING NEAR YOU FAILS TO CONFINE, MUZZLE OR INSURE A PITBULL DOG, CONTACT THE ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER” (HERE INSERT CURRENT PHONE NUMBER FOR THE LOCAL ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER).
The sign must be prominently displayed to the public and clearly legible.
(b) Penalties. Failure to post a sign as required by this section shall be a civil violation subject to a one hundred fifty dollar ($150) civil penalty. Every day a sign is not posted shall be a separate violation.“
This bill has been referred to the Senate Environment & Agriculture Committee.
Rhode Island Residents: Action on this must be quick and decisive. Reach out now to your legislators and have them stop this bill. You can find your representatives here.