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9/19/2017 Sen. Goodwin and Rep. O’Brien bill to speed up animal adoptions passes General Assembly
STATE HOUSE – Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence) and Rep. William W. O’Brien’s (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) legislation (2017-S 0563Aaa / 2017-H 6314Aaa) that would speed up the process of adoption for any animals that are abandoned or impounded was passed by the General Assembly.

“There are so many animals in our shelters who are waiting to be adopted and this bill will speed up the process for these loving animals to join their new families,” said Senator Goodwin.

“This bill is designed to combat animal shelter overcrowding by allowing the facilities to place these animals in loving new homes at a much faster rate.  This bill will allow innocent animals to live out their days in caring homes surrounded by their new families and I would like to thank Speaker Mattiello, Whip Goodwin and President Ruggiero for their efforts in getting this bill passed” said Representative O’Brien.

The act would allow a pound or animal shelter to put an abandoned or impounded animal up for adoption after ten days if the animal has identifying tags or is microchipped.  If the animal does not have any identification, the pound or animal shelter would be allowed to put the animal up for adoption after five days.

The bill now heads to the governor for consideration.


For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401)222-6124