Officials in Pawtucket, Rhode Island are once again trying to make it so they are allowed to retain their breed ban.
The ban was nullified by the recently passed state law prohibiting breed discriminatory laws. When the state law was passed, officials claimed the law did not nullify existing ordinances. Pawtucket was then sued by the Defenders of Animals and Albert Alix. A judge found that Pawtucket did not have the right to retain the ban and the state law supersedes all existing breed discriminatory laws. Pawtucket officials had time to appeal this decision. They did not appeal.
Instead, they are attempting to get their breed ban back legislatively.
A bill, H 5800, would amend the state’s animal control law that prohibits breed discriminatory laws. The amendment would allow cities that had such a law before July 15, 2013, to keep them intact.
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