If you live in Rhode Island and take your dog to the groomer, you may want to weigh in on the pending legislation known as 2017-H 6054. The bill, introduced by State House Majority Leader K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick), would require that groomers be licensed, similar to the way in which hairstylists and barbers are licensed.
Similar legislation was defeated in 2013, but after a pug recently died during a nail trim at a big box grooming station, Shekarchi re-introduced the idea. No fault has been found in the dog’s death, but the lawmaker thinks this is an idea whose time has come.
Rhode Island would be the first state in the country to create any licensing requirements for dog groomers.
The Ohio legislature is now considering a bill that would make it illegal to leave a dog tethered outside in extreme temperatures. The Capital Area Humane Society says it received 30 – 40 calls every day about animals left outside when it’s too cold for most of us to even take the garbage out. See the whole story on NBC4i.
Meanwhile in nearby Illinois, a new law took effect on January 1st that states No owner of a dog or cat that is a companion animal may expose the dog or cat in a manner that places the dog or cat in a life-threatening situation for a prolonged period of time in extreme heat or cold conditions that results in injury to or death of the animal.. Violators can receive a fine of up to $2,500 or 1 year in jail for this class A misdemeanor.
As part of the defense spending bill signed by President Obama last month, the military is now required to bring retiring K-9s back to the United States at the end of their service. Prior to this important change, if a dog was retired overseas, he or she was simply left in the last country where service was rendered. Continue reading Early Christmas Present for Retiring Military Dogs→
Since 1999, the United States has had a law on the books called the Federal Law Enforcement Animal Protection Act, which specifies a minimum fine of $1,000 and a maximum of 10 years in prison for anyone who is convicted of purposefully harming a K-9 Law Enforcement Officer. Canada now has its own law protecting their K-9s. Continue reading Canada Joins US in Protecting Law Enforcement Dogs→
Although not yet passed by the NC Senate, a law working its way through state government would make North Carolina the 15th state to have a law regarding animals left alone in vehicles. The other 14 states on the list (AZ, CA, IL, ME, MD, MN, NV, NH, NJ, NY, ND, SD, VT, and WV) specifically outlaw the practice of leaving an animal unattended in a parked vehicle. However, only some states allow rescuers to get the animal out, while others make no provision for rescue. Continue reading North Carolina House Passes Legislation to Stop Animals Being Left in Hot Cars→
We recently changed carriers for our home insurance, and since we have so many dogs, we had to fill out several questionnaires so the insurance company could figure out what type of risk they were taking on.
In order to answer some of the questions, I had to have the agent send us a copy of the dog laws in Ohio, which set forth definitions for “dangerous dogs” and “vicious dogs”.
Legalities aside, what do you think – what constitutes a vicious dog?