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6/6/2024 Assembly passes President Ruggerio and Rep. O’Brien’s bill to stiffen penalties for dog abuse
STATE HOUSE – The General Assembly passed legislation (2024-S 2744, 2024-H 8095) sponsored by Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio and Rep. William W. O’Brien that would increase the penalty for violations of the care of dogs statute to a minimum fine of $100 and a maximum fine of $1,000 per violation.
Currently, the fines are set for a minimum of $50 and a maximum of $500.
“Dogs deserve to live in loving homes where their needs and care are properly provided.  If someone willingly refuses to care for their animal or animals appropriately, there should be consequences for their harmful actions,” said President Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence).
“Individuals who knowingly abuse and neglect man’s best friend should be held accountable for their cruel actions.  This bill sends a message that abusing dogs will not be tolerated in our state,” said Representative O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence).
The care of dogs’ statute includes regulations on tethering dogs, leaving them outside and providing proper care and nutrition for dogs.
The legislation now heads to the governor for consideration.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903