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§4-22-2  Definitions. –

Published: 2015

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Animals and Animal Husbandry


Cat Identification Program

SECTION 4-22-2

   § 4-22-2  Definitions. –

For the purposes of this chapter:

   (a) "At-large" means: (1) On the premises of a person other

than an owner of the cat, without the consent of an occupant or owner of such

premises, or (2) on a public street or highway, on public or private school

grounds, or in any other public place, except when under the physical control

of an owner.

   (b) "Roaming cat" means any homeless socialized cat or any

stray socialized cat.

   (c) "Feral cat" means any wild, unsocialized or untamed cat.

   (d) "Identification" means: a traceable form of

identification such as (1) a collar and a flat or hanging tag worn by a cat

which includes the current name, address and telephone number of the owner, or

(2) a rabies vaccination tax, or (3) an ear tag issued by a licensed

veterinarian or by a licensed animal shelter or licensed municipal pound, or

(4) a registered microchip which is used in conjunction with a visible collar

and tag or in conjunction with a faceted, reflective ear stud, or (5) a tag

from a licensed animal shelter or licensed municipal pound, or (6) a tattoo

registered with the National Dog Registry or other similar national tattoo

service, or (7) a cat license issued by a Rhode Island city or town, or (8) a

collar incorporating embroidery as a type of information labeling rather than a

hanging or flat tag or (9) in the case of feral cats, a tipped or notched ear

in conjunction with a microchip or any of the above other forms of

identification. The intent is to allow flexibility in the types of

identification available for cats and to incorporate other types of cat

identification in the future as they are developed.

   (e) "Impounded cat" means any cat released to or under the

custody of or control of a licensed animal shelter or licensed municipal pound.

   (f) "Owner" means (1) any person who keeps, has permanent

custody, owns, maintains, harbors, provides care or sustenance for, has control

or charge of or responsibility for a cat or who permits a cat to habitually be

or remain on or be lodged or fed within such person's property or premises, and

(2) any refusal to permit any animal control officer to impound such cat shall

be deemed evidence of ownership unless ownership of the cat by another party is


   (g) "Person" means an individual, firm, jointstock company,

partnership, association, private, or municipal corporation, state, commission,

political subdivision, a state, any interstate body or the federal government

or any agency or subdivision thereof.

   (h) "Guardian" shall mean a person(s) having the same rights

and responsibilities of an owner, and both terms shall be used interchangeably.

A guardian shall also mean a person who possesses, has title to or an interest

in, harbors or has control, custody or possession of an animal and who is

responsible for an animal's safety and well being.

History of Section.

(P.L. 1999, ch. 291, § 1; P.L. 2001, ch. 72, § 12.)