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The Rhode Island State Board of Health requires that all animals that bite humans, or animals that receive bites of unknown origin, must be tested or quarantined to determine if the animal was rabid at the time of the bite. Even though an animal has been vaccinated, there is still a possibility that rabies may be contracted. The vaccine does reduce the risk to almost zero. However, because rabies is ultimately fatal to humans, it is imperative that we determine as soon as possible if the animal is infected. The quarantine is not a punishment, but rather a public health issue. Once humans contract rabies, there is no known cure.
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Yes. When the dog reaches six months of age, a license is required. To obtain the license you must show proof that the animal has had its' rabies shot. The fee is $7. The license must be renewed yearly and runs from April to April.
No. Cats do not need to be licensed.
The first offense is $25; second offense $200; third offense $500.
Every year in April.
No. The town ordinance does allow the animal warden to put animals to sleep after 10 days in the shelter. However, in practice, the shelter finds homes for all healthy animals.
Every effort is made to find the owner of an animal. This includes checking with nearby towns if the animal was located near the border. If the owner cannot be located after five days, the animal will be available for adoption.
You must have permission from your landlord if you do not own your home. You will need to answer a few questions and pay a $25 fee. When the animal is spayed or neutered, $20 will be refunded.
Skunks are native to this area. Unless it is sick we do not remove it. You can put some rags with ammonia or block the area around the deck - that should discourage the animal. Also, make sure that your trash cans are covered tightly so that skunks and raccoons cannot get into them seeking food. If the animal is sick, we will come and put it to sleep. If you see any animal acting strangely, be sure to keep your children and pets away.
It is against the law to trap wild animals and release them elsewhere. If the animal is sick, we will call the police to put it to sleep. If the animal is in a dwelling we will attempt to remove it and release safely if possible.
We are located on 395 Hamilton Allenton Road, between Boston Neck Road and Tower Hill Road. The hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week - except holidays. On holidays, the facility is closed to the public but we still feed and attend to the animals.
Yes. We have the chip reader and will use it to return your animal to you.