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Division of Agriculture
The mission of the Rhode Island Division of Agriculture's Animal Health unit is to ensure the health of RI animals, ensure public health and to promote agriculture.
Pet Store Complaints
If you have concerns about the condition of animals at pet stores or the condition of the stores themselves, contact DEM's Animal Health Unit. Click here for a list of concerns and information on who to contact.
Licensed Pounds and Animal Shelters
The Animal Health Unit licenses pounds and animal shelters. Click here for a list of licensed pounds and animal shelters.
Veterinarians, livestock owners, pet owners and licensed facilities are required to report specific diseases and/or illnesses directly to the State Veterinarians office at (401) 222-2781. In the case of zoonotic diseases, you are required to contact the RI Department of Health at (401) 222-2577, immediately upon diagnosis. Click here for a list of reportable animal diseases in Rhode Island.
Rabies Contact Information
2013 Rabies Protocol Manual
Rabies Testing Information for Pet and Livestock Owners, FAQs
Animal Health Alerts
The State Veterinarian may use this space to notify the public about any significant, new, or unusual threats to their pets and/or livestock.
Click the link above to review the State of Rhode Island's General Laws in regards to animals and animal husbandry. Click on a link below for laws relating specifically to:
Rules and regulations relating and pertaining to: