Rep. O’Brien points to recent animal cruelty charge in North Providence that animal protection laws are working
STATE HOUSE – Rep. William W. O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) is pointing to a recent animal cruelty charge in North Providence that recently passed animal protection laws are working in Rhode Island. A North Providence man was recently charged with leaving his two-and-a-half year old German Shepard named King out in the cold for several hours with wind chills dropping as low as four degrees.
“Although it is terrible what happened to King, I am pleased the tougher animal abuse laws that the General Assembly has recently passed resulted in King’s owner being charged appropriately with neglecting and hurting this innocent animal. Rhode Island will not tolerate animal abusers and we continue to prosecute those nefarious individuals who hurt animals,” said Representative O’Brien.
Legislation (2016-H 7317) that Representative O’Brien sponsored last legislative session, and became law, increases the punishment of animal abusers from two years to five years of possible imprisonment and from ten hours of community service to fifty hours of community service. Representative O’Brien’s bill was one of numerous pieces of legislation that take a stronger approach to animal abusers.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903