Senate passes President Ruggerio’s legislation to ensure humane treatment of pets sold in pet stores
STATE HOUSE, Providence – The Senate last week passed legislation sponsored by President of the Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence) that would ensure more humane treatment of dogs and cats sold in pet stores.
The legislation (2019-S-699A) increases transparency regarding the source of dogs and cats to be sold by requiring pet stores to post information confirming the pet was seen by a licensed veterinarian, as well as inspection reports from breeders, and the total number of animals on the breeder’s premises at the time of the sale. This information, along with the breed, age, and date of birth of the pet, must be displayed on the pet’s enclosure.
The legislation also includes a provision so pet stores can obtain animals from rescue organizations and shelters, and prohibits pets being sold or traded on any roadside, public right-of-way, parkway, median, park, or other outdoor market.
“We’ve all heard horror stories of so-called puppy mills with sickening conditions that can leave pets with lifelong medical conditions or worse,” said President Ruggerio. “This legislation will help ensure that pet stores obtain their animals responsibly and treat them with the love and care they deserve.”
The measure further requires pet stores to report all of the breeder’s information to the State Veterinarian at the Department of Environmental Management.
The legislation has been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.
For more information, contact:
Greg Pare, Press Secretary for the Senate
State House Room 314
Providence, RI 02903