Rhode Island Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: I took in my friends dog because she got evicted, ive had him for a year and she wants him back, what right do I have.

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Answered on May 27, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
Of course, your rights will be well defined if you made a written agreement concerning who would pay for the costs. . .

If you cannot resolve it between the two of you, you may have to go to small claims court to resolve the matter.

Q: Are you still legally able to have a pet if you are charged with animal abuse?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 5, 2018
Jeremy Cohen's answer
Hello,

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...

Q: If my friend gives me their dog and they live in MA and I live in RI must the dog still be quarantined for 5 days?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
Check with your local town ordinances See Regulations at: http://www.dem.ri.gov/pubs/regs/regs/agric/animimp15.pdf

Q: I live in Warwick RI and the Law allows us to have up to 3 dogs in our home what can I do if I wanted another dog,,?

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Answered on Nov 28, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
I would first talk to your landlord as this is an important part of your lease. Then check the municipal codes for your town. https://library.municode.com/ri/warwick

Q: My neighbors who live on the same premises keep feeding my animals without my permission. How can I make them stop?

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Answered on Sep 6, 2017
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.

Q: Are people required to pick up their dog's poop when walking through neighborhoods?

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Answered on Aug 4, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
http://www.health.ri.gov/healthrisks/petwaste/

Q: Is it legal in Pawtucket to own a pitbull?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jul 2, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
Here are the regulations: from http://ecode360.com/8129136#8129255

§ 116-37.1 Pit bulls prohibited.

[Added 12-11-2003 by Ch. No. 2708]

A.

It shall be unlawful for any person to own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport, or sell within the City any pit bull dog.

B.

Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

KEEPER

Any person who possesses, keeps,...

Q: Can they impound my dog if it wounded another dog. Yet the owner of the wounded dog does not wish to press charges ?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 27, 2017
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.

Q: Can a dog be buried with owner if cremated in Rhode Island and or catholic cemetery.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 3, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
Talk to your priest and funeral director.

Q: Tenants randomly sent service dog certificate & going to get a dog No pet lease. 4mo here w/o it? Not disabled they work

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 21, 2017
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

Q: Can anyone give pet massages? Perhaps if they are advertised for relaxation purposes and not for medical purposes?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 8, 2017
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

Q: Ex brings son to school without service dog. Has lost service dog in the past. Do I have any recourse? Son is epileptic.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Answered on Dec 12, 2016
Neville Bedford's answer
Consult with your family court attorney to explore potential remedies. This seems like an important medical concern directly related to the best interests of your child.

Q: Is it illegal to bury your deceased dog/cat on your property?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 7, 2016
Neville Bedford's answer
If you own the property, probably not. However, it would be prudent to check the ordinances for your particular town.

Q: Can I keep a dog that was given to me to watch for two weeks but two months have gone by and we now love her?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 16, 2016
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.

Q: can you recommend a lawyer, rhode island to help me get my 5 mo old dog back? can we discuss strength of case

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 10, 2016
Neville Bedford's answer
try contacting the good folks at http://www.thelexusproject.org/

Q: is there a rhode island law that states that non-service animals are not allowed in any store?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 1, 2016
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

Q: Can my landlord make me get rid of my dog if the dog is on the lease?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Dec 1, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
Sorry, I misread this to say leash. Probably not.

Q: If a dog attacks a family member on my property do I have the right to shoot the dog

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 22, 2015
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.

Q: My friends dog barks a lot they fined him for it and now they took his dog is that legal and if so what should they do

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 12, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
Your friend should meet with, and retain, an attorney to help them get their dog back.

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