Warwick lawmaker seeks to ban sale of non-rescue dogs and cats

Warwick lawmaker seeks to ban sale of non-rescue dogs and cats



PROVIDENCE — A Warwick legislator is pushing forward with a bill that would ban the sale of cats or dogs at pet shops, except those that have come from an animal shelter, dog pound, or animal rescue organization.

Rep. Patricia A. Serpa, a Democrat, testified before the House Committee on Health, Education and Wefare on Wednesday. The legislation would also require labels identifying the shelter where the pet originated. The bill would also make it unlawful for anyone to sell, exchange, or display any dog or cat in a public place or outdoor market. The bill was drafted in the wake of an incident in Warwick in which the owner of several pit bulls tethered them outside to acclimate them to cold temperatures.

Jason Vallee


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