Rhode Island - Animal Abuse Resources for Veterinarians

Last updated June 2015

The material provided below is a periodically updated summary. Legal requirement may change at any time so it is imperative that you follow the links provided to the current law or statute relating to animal abuse reporting by veterinarians. The absence of specific legal requirements or protections relating to veterinarians should not be taken as an exemption from the responsibility to report abuse which may exist under other non-veterinarian-specific legislation, regulations or professional guidelines. [Back to Map].

Covered person: licensed veterinarian
Animal Abuse Reporting is: not specified
Reportable Offenses: abandonment
Good Faith Reporting has: immunity
"... veterinarian shall be held harmless from either criminal or civil" (4-1-37)
Report to: local and/or state police, animal control officials or officers of private organizations devoted to humane treatment of animals (4-1-37)
Sources: TITLE 4 Animals and Animal Husbandry CHAPTER 4-1 Cruelty to Animals SECTION 4-1-37