Town Ordinances

  • Abandonment: The owner of the keeper of a dog or cat who moves from his place of residence and leaves behind such animal shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
  • Barking Dogs: No person shall keep any dog, which by habitual howling, yelping, or barking, disturbs the quiet of any person residing in the neighborhood.
  • Canine Waste Removal: It shall be a violation for any person to fail to remove and dispose of any feces left by his dog on any private property and to not have on their persons a means or removal.
  • Confinement of Dogs in Heat: It shall be a violation for any female dog in heat to be at large or restrained out of doors.
  • Dog at Large: All dogs must be kept under physical restraint at all times, i.e.…leash or behind a fence.
  • Dog License: Every dog in the town of Bristol shall be licensed yearly. Proof of rabies vaccination is required. A license must be renewed every April. A license can be obtained through the Bristol Town Hall.
  • Feral Cat Populations: It shall be a violation for any person to maintain or keep feral cats or back yard feeder cats without having such cats rabies vaccinated and spayed/neutered. For assistance with feral cat populations, please contact PawsWatch at 401-253-0719.
  • Fines: A fine of $25 will be levied for each first violation of any of these ordinances. Second violations carry a $50 fine, and third or subsequent violations carry a $100 fine.
  • Sanitary Conditions: It shall be a violation for any person not to provide a maintained area, adequate shelter, and an adequate lead, no less than 15 feet, and adequate food and water for his dog.
  • Vaccinations: It shall be unlawful for any person to own any dog or cat over 3 months of age that has not been inoculated against rabies.