§4-24-2  Legislative findings. –

Published: 2015

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Animals and Animal Husbandry


Permit Program for Cats

SECTION 4-24-2

   § 4-24-2  Legislative findings. –

The general assembly hereby finds and declares that:

   (1) An unacceptable number of healthy, but abandoned cats are

euthanized annually in Rhode Island.

   (2) Due to the large number of stray and abandoned cats,

euthanasia is not a cost effective, acceptable or ethical solution to the

threats to public health and safety posed by large populations of stray, feral

or homeless cats.

   (3) Stray and abandoned pets, specifically cats, create

numerous public health and safety problems, including transmission of disease

and traffic hazards created by cats running loose on public streets.

   (4) A permit system for breeding of cats owned or harbored in

the state, combined with a program for spaying/neutering, is a reasonable and

effective means of reducing the population of abandoned or stray cats, and for

eliminating the practice of euthanizing homeless cats, except those for whom

euthanasia is an escape from suffering or necessary to protect people and/or

other animals from vicious behavior.

   The general assembly therefor finds and declares that it

intends to provide for the public health, safety and welfare through a program

requiring spaying and neutering cats unless appropriate permits are acquired.

The provisions of this chapter shall be in addition to the cat registration or

identifying program requirements set forth in this title.

History of Section.

(P.L. 2006, ch. 59, § 1; P.L. 2006, ch. 63, § 1.)

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