Animals and Animal Husbandry
§ 4-13-42 Care of dogs.
(a) It shall be a violation of this section for an owner or keeper to:
(1) Keep any dog on a permanent tether that restricts
movement of the tethered dog to an area less than one hundred thirteen square
feet (113 sq. ft.), or less than a six foot (6') radius at ground level.
(2) Tether a dog with a choke-type collar or prong-type
(3) Keep any dog tethered for more than ten (10) hours during
a twenty-four (24) hour period or keep any dog confined in a pen, cage or other
shelter for more than fourteen (14) hours during any twenty-four (24) hour
(b) It shall be a violation of this section for an owner or
keeper to fail to provide a dog with adequate feed, adequate water, or adequate
veterinary care as those terms are defined in § 4-19-2; provided however,
that adequate veterinary care may be provided by an owner using acceptable
animal husbandry practices.
(c) Any person in violation of this section shall be given a
warning for a first violation. Second and subsequent violations of this
subsection can be considered a violation of § 4-1-2. Each day of violation
shall constitute a separate offense.
(d) The provisions of this section shall not apply:
(1) If the tethering or confinement is authorized for medical
reasons in writing by a veterinarian licensed in Rhode Island, the
authorization is renewed annually, and shelter is provided;
(2) If tethering or confinement is authorized in writing by
an animal control officer;
(3) To a training facility, grooming facility, commercial
boarding kennel, pet shop licensed in accordance with chapter 4-19, animal
shelter, municipal pound or veterinary facility;
(4) To licensed hunters, field trial participants or any
person raising or training a gun dog or hunting dog, provided that the licensed
hunter or field trial hunt test participant is actively engaged in hunting,
training or field trial hunt testing or is transporting the dog to or from an
(5) To livestock farmers who use their dogs to protect their
livestock from predators;
(6) To an exhibitor holding a class C license under the
Animal Welfare Act, (7 U.S.C. § 2133) that are temporarily in the state; or
(7) To sled dog owners who are actively training their dogs
to pull sleds in winter conditions.
(e) Any person in violation of this section shall be
imprisoned not exceeding eleven (11) months, or fined not less than fifty
dollars ($50.00) nor exceeding five hundred dollars ($500), or both. Each day
of violation shall constitute a separate offense.
(f) General agents or special agents of the Rhode Island
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) are hereby authorized
to enforce the provisions of this chapter in cooperation with animal control
History of Section.
(P.L. 2012, ch. 301, § 2; P.L. 2012, ch. 358, § 2.)