Rhode Island Wants to Reinstate Breed Discriminatory Laws

Pawtucket, Rhode Island wants to retain their breed ban even though a judge found that the law is void under the state laws regarding domestic pets. However, a bill known as, H 5800, would amend the state’s animal control law that prohibits breed discriminatory laws. The Amendment would allow for a ban to stand that was enacted prior to July 2013.

If this law passed, it would not just affect Pawtucket, it would allow any other town to re-instate their breed discrimination laws too. Breed laws have shown to not control or stop the number of dog bites in a community and it has been speculated that these laws are a roundabout way to discriminate against a class of people. The stereotype of who owns what type of dogs has led some people to wonder if these laws are actually being used to prevent minorities from living in certain counties, cities, communities.

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Pet Stores Around Mystic, Connecticut

If you are headed to Mystic, Connecticut or to Rhode Island, there are plenty of fun pet shops to explore. Some are cute boutiques, some have obedience classes and others offer awesome grooming services.

My Dog’s Place

My Dog’s Place offers lots of dog services, such as daycare, training and other activities. They also offer private, in-home cosultation for dog behavioral issues. For fun, this place holds puppy playgroups, adolescent social and adult social sessions. This spring, they are even holding some flyball and scenting classes.

Stonington Feed

This is a pet store that offers assorted pet foods and products. They also offer some gardening supplies.

Fin and Feather Pets

This pet store is located in Groton, Connecticut, and is great for all kinds of animals. They sell assorted breeds of puppies, as well as dog and cat food and supplies. There are also some breeds of birds and bird food for sale, as well as reptiles and reptile supplies. There are a few small animals for sale and products for them. They have a developed aquarium section, full of fresh and saltwater fish, supplies and saltwater corals.

Dockside Dogs

This store is located in Stonington, Connecticut, and calls itself “a proper pet boutique.” Their products are on the indulgent side, such as stylish dog raincoats, eco-friendly toys and fancy dog soaps. They have many interesting products as well, like Pez for Pets and waste bag accessories. There are also a few things for cats.

Must Love Dogs!

This is a pet store located in Niantic, Connecticut, which is a boutique and bakery. They sell things like treats, clothing, harnesses, socks, beds, toys, collars and leashes.


This chain store is located in Waterford, Connecticut. They sell all sorts of products for cats, dogs, reptiles, fish, birds and small animals. This particular location offers affordable vaccinations, full-service grooming, dog training and pet photography.

Pets Plus

Pets Plus is a store and grooming salon that is located in Westerly, Rhode Island. They have assorted pets for sale, including puppies, kittens, rabbits, mice, rats, freshwater fish, saltwater fish, reptiles, turtles, snakes and frogs. In terms of supplies, they sell food for dogs, birds and fish, toys for puppies and kittens, dog houses and terranium supplies.

Sables Salon

Sables Salon is a grooming boutique and shop for cats and dogs that is located in Westerly, Rhode Island. They also offer boarding services.

Pet Stores Around Providence, Rhode Island

There are lots of great local pet stores in and around the city of Providence, Rhode Island. Shoppers can easily buy holistic pet food, aquarium supplies or pet pastries!

Rhode Island Aquarium & Pet Center

This store has a variety of freshwater, tropical and gold fish available, and they specialize in rare and exotic species. They also sell some small animals and exotic reptiles. There is also a variety of products at this store, such as protein skimmers, aquarium systems, filters, ornaments, as well as holistic dog and cat foods. In terms of services, they offer free water testing and demos on fish tank maintenance, as well as diagnostics on fish diseases.

Plaid & Stripe

This pet store is centered around cats and dogs. They have a huge supply of collars and leashes with all sorts of unique and fashionable designs. They also sell canine grooming supplies, containers, toys and treats. For cats, they sell specialty bowls and other containers. Well behaved dogs are welcome inside for complimentary water and treats. There are also some gifts for human pet lovers, like apparel, books, art and cards.

Dogs in Harmony

Dogs in Harmony is mainly a bakery for dogs that carries its own line of pet pastries and organic dog treats. There are also many eco-friendly dog products and food, spa supplies, dog apparel, glassware and toys. They also have a “cat corner,” as well as food and supplements for rabbits.

Pure Paradise Pets

This pet store is located in Johnston, Rhode Island, and is a full line pet store that has some interesting features.

The store has large animals living there, such as an alligator, an anaconda and a giant tortoise! There are also some normal pets in the reptile room, like boas, corn snakes and pythons, as well as some spiders and scorpions. There are some exotic birds, like macaws and amazons, also on display and sale. The fish room has a very well-stocked supply of freshwater fish. There are even some small animals for sale.

National Pet Center

This pet store is located in Cranston, Rhode Island, and is family owned and operated. They sell a variety of animals, including domestic kittens, purebred kittens, reptiles, amphibians, freshwater fish, gerbils, hamsters, mice, rats, chinchillas, ferrets and more. They also sell products like organic food and fish supplies. They also offer a few animal services, such as nail trimming, wing clipping and some low-cost health clinics (just check when they are holding these services).

Dog-Friendly Vacationing in Providence, Rhode Island

Providence, Rhode Island is the capital and most populated city of Rhode Island, and is also one of the oldest cities in the US. It is located on the Providence River and the Narrangasset Bay. Though not a big city, its population is very compacted, so it is a bit crowded. There are several colleges around Providnece, so there are a lot of young people.

Providience has some great attractions you can expereince with your dog. It also has  a couple dog parks. To go to any of these dogs parks, you must have your dog licensed by the  city. It only costs $5, except for “bully breeds,” which cost a little more.


New England Fast Ferry

You can ride this ferry from Providence to Newport, Rhode Island, and back. The rides take about 60-90 minutes. Dogs are allowed on-leash, and they must be cleaned up after.

Roger Williams National Memorial

History dork? This memorial commemorates Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island and fighter for religious freedom. This man was exiled from Massachusetts, so he founded Rhode Island in 1636. Rhode Island therefore started as a colony where people could practice their religions freely. Leashed dogs are allowed on the grounds here but not in  the buildings. Nonetheless, there are many nice attractions you can check out.

Walking Tours of Providence

The Historical Society offers a couple of great options, that take 60-90 minutes. Leashed, quiet dogs are allowed to accompany you.

Roger Williams Park

This is one of America’s best urban parks. Leashed dogs are allowed to explore the park with you. Dogs are not permitted in the zoo. Great for walking year-round, and and sledding and ice skating in the winter months!

dachaOff-Leash Dog Parks

Gano Street Park

This is a new dog park. It is an off-leash area for dogs to play, but is currently sparse and looking for improvements. It is about ¾ acre, and has double gated entries. It is near a basketball court with lighting, which is useful for going there at night.

Dexter Dog Park

This dog park is in the west end of Providence, at the Dexter Trainer baseball field, by Parade Street. It is fenced in.


Cable Bar Cinema

This cultural café has indoor and outdoor tables, and is most known for playing movies. Dogs can sit at the outdoor tables.


This is a seafood grill and oyster bar. Dogs are permitted at outdoor tables. They have a lunch and dinner menu. Not a good place for vegetarians, but great if you like fish!

India Restaurant

This is a well-known East Indian restaurant of Providence. Dogs are allowed at front outer tables. They have a lunch menu, dinner menu and buffet brunch. Lots of veggie and meat selections.