Laws vary from state to state. For the state of Rhode Island, it may be helpful to read through R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 4-1-22(b), 4-1-40:
§ 4-1-40. Possession of animals
(a) In addition to any other penalty imposed by law, a person convicted of, or who entered a plea of nolo contendere to, any misdemeanor violation under the provisions of this chapter may, based on the discretion of the sentencing judge, not possess or reside with any animal for a period of up to...
Neville Bedford's answer Lock your doors and don't leave the food accessible. Write them a letter informing them that they are not to come onto your property or feed your animals. If they persist, contact the local authorities for a no trespass order.
Neville Bedford's answer Yes, the city may take action under their ordinance. Seek professional assistance in defending this as it is a specialized practice to defend animals under the statutes and ordinances.
Neville Bedford's answer In the 9 days remaining in the month, you might contact the animal control officer while you are awaiting their departure. see https://www.animallaw.info/article/faqs-emotional-support-animals
Neville Bedford's answer Call the RI Licensing authority, they should be able to inform you of the necessary requirements, if any, to practice as a pet masseuse. http://www.health.ri.gov/regulations/?parm=Licensing
Neville Bedford's answer Tally your costs for feeding and care of the pet. If the owner is willing to pay you for the return of your dog, you are obliged to give it back. If they agree to transfer ownership to you, get it in writing. If they file a lawsuit for the return of the animal, hire a good attorney to argue that they effectively abandoned it by failing to retrieve it as originally agreed.
Neville Bedford's answer There are many ordinances in the various towns regarding animals and many health department regulations regarding the prohibition of animals for health and safety reasons. Service animals are often exempt from these regulations. Here is an example of some in Warwick: https://www.municode.com/library/ri/west_warwick/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIICOOR_CH4ANFO
Neville Bedford's answer If you haven't already shot the dog, please don't. It will be considered cruelty because you asked the question here first. If there is a dangerous dog that is threatening your family, report it to the authorities and keep yourself and your family safe.
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