The bill would prohibit local juristictions from passing laws targeting specific breeds of dogs.
According to the chairwoman of the House Committee on Judiciary, Rep Edith Ajello, not one single person testified against the bill. The bill was widely supported by experts in animal behavior however, including animal advocates, former RISPCA members and current animal control workers.
The bill is now off to the Senate where it will be assigned to committee. If HB 5671 passes, Rhode Island would become the 16th state to prohibit laws targeting breeds of dogs. Two other states, Nevada and Connecticut, have passed similar legislation already this year.