Dog & Animal Laws

Dogs Running Loose
Leash your dog to go outside.

  • 1st Offense: $50 Ticket
  • 2nd Offense: $100 Ticket
  • 3rd Offense: $150 Ticket

Dog Barking Law
Don't tie your dog outside between 10 pm & 7 am.
If your dog is barking for more than 15 minutes straight during the day, that is considered "Disturbing the Peace".

  • 1st Offense: Warning
  • 2nd Offense: Court: Judge can assess a fine between $100 - $200

Dog Population Law
Single family home: 3 dogs
Apartment: 1 dog

  • 1st Offense: $50 Ticket
  • 2nd Offense: $100 Ticket
  • 3rd Offense: $150 Ticket

These fines are for each day that you have the extra dog. It also costs $45 to turn in a dog or a cat to the shelter. If you are caught trying to abandon the dog, there is a $250 fine.

Pooper Scooper Law
Pick up your dog's poop.

  • 1st Offense: $25 Ticket
  • 2nd Offense: $50 Ticket
  • 3rd Offense: $100 Ticket

Dog Bite Law
A dog cannot bite any person, even the owner.
Dog bites can cause people to get sick.

  • 1st Offense: Court

Dog License
Licenses are available at City Hall for $5.

  • Every dog must licensed by six months old.
  • A new license must be obtained every year by April.

Farm Animal Law
No farm animals are allowed in the city (rabbits, cows, goats, pigs, roosters, sheep, etc.) because they can pass diseases to people.

  • 1st Offense: $50 Ticket
  • 2nd Offense: $100 Ticket
  • 3rd Offense: $150 Ticket

This information was compiled by the students in Woonsocket Middle School Rooms 214B & 112, with assistance from the Woonsocket Animal Shelter.