Rhode Island Action Alert

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has been introduced that would create regulations for pit bull type dogs on the STATE level, much like the recently repealed Ohio law.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.

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10 responses to “Rhode Island Action Alert

  1. This is ridiculous any one looking to fight this together please leave message this effects the good owners and bsl is wrong it’s hate and my dogs are my life I have owned the breed for over twenty five years never once a problem there are so many other breeds that have had problems with why not make it a law for all dogs tuffet leash laws and such not discriminating on one breed

  2. Natalie Amore

    We have criminals that are more dangerous in our society then this breed. Animals like people bite ,let’s educate not discriminate .

  3. Humans are the #1 problem, they should be regulated not dogs of any breed, it’s not their fault their owner is a jackass….they’re the abused an neglected an misunderstood ones. BSL is the dumbest thing ever thought up an put into action, stop blaming bull breeds and every other, the owner is the problem, not the dog.

  4. Did Hitler and his neo-Nazis not post similiar propoganda.

    • While I really despise the comparison to the Nazi’s and feel that the over use of the comparison can trivialize the horrors of that era, I must admit that when reading that portion of the bill, the thought crossed my mind. At the very least it seems like an attempt to use fear based propaganda to ensure the general public becomes thoroughly brainwashed.

  5. This is pure bs. The owners should be punished not the dogs.

  6. While my initial urge is to call these representatives and tell them what idiots they are, I will hold my tongue and try my best to be respectful. Gather and distribute information, organize, and get our fellow pit bull owners to do the same. Be polite and respectful when contacting your representatives and ask them to vote NO! Lets not let this go on without making sure that every bully lover we know is aware and taking action.

    • so true i wanna do that to but killing them with kindness is the best way i posted a link below where you can sign and send them emails and letters all written out and respectful THANK YOU FOR CARING :)

  7. http://www.capwiz.com/bestfriends/issues/alert/?alertid=62389281#.URUQ0qvR3zo.facebook

    hi every one this is a link to the senators and officials here is a pre written letter you can print or email takes 1 second you sign it and its sent! please take the time to send it emial or written its on bestfriends site they are recue group so easy and it will help please take the time to sign thank you somuch in advance lets fight this together

  8. I just read the bill. Legislators don’t usually come up with this stuff without someone crying in their ear… Does anyone know WHO or WHAT organization feels threatend or damaged by dogs iwth pitbull characteristcs and why? The cost to taxpayers is obvious, and does the perceived threat outweigh the cost? Perhaps the most insidious thing is the outright municipality encouragement to enact further, more restrictive laws on their own, IN ADDITION TO this state law. I don’t have a dog, but I object to this bill and its direct and indirect impact on Rhode Islanders.