Debarking bill is introduced in Rhode Island

02/1/2012 | GoLocalProv.com (Providence, R.I.)

Rhode Island Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio has introduced legislation mandating that debarking procedures only be performed on a pet when a veterinarian deems it necessary for the animal's health. The bill also specifies that the pet should be under general anesthesia and the procedure has to be performed by a licensed veterinarian. Massachusetts was the first state to enact such a law, in 2010.

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