We know that pets are important parts of our families and by extension, our community.
As a City, our goal is to encourage responsible and enjoyable pet ownershi through a mix of rules and amenities designed to make Newport a pet friendly community.
Get that dog a license!
State law requires that every dog owner get a license for their dog each year. If your dog is 6 months or older, you need to get them a rabies vaccine and a license. You also need proof of current vaccinations to get a license. If you don't get your dog licensed, you could be subject to fines.
To obtain a license, please visit the City Clerk's Office, located on the Ground Floor of City Hall, 43 Broadway, or download a copy here and mail it to the attention of the City Clerk's Office, 43 Broadway, Newport, R.I. 02840
Who Let the Dogs Out?
The Newport Dog Park is a popular destination for both four-legged residents and their people throughout the year. Featuring approximately one half acre, this fenced-in lighted facility offers plenty of room to roam.The park features both large dog and small dog areas, and is open daily from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. and both residents and visitors alike are welcome.
It is encouraged that you bring your own water and toys, as none are provided.
The park is located on Connell Highway Extension. Traveling south on West Main Road (route 114) to the intersection of Coddington Highway, take a right onto Coddington Hwy, continue to the Rotary. Go around the rotary to the Shell Station and take the immediate right after the gas station. The park will be down on your left about a quarter mile, located after the U-Haul building.
Traveling north on Broadway to the intersection of Admiral Kalbfus take a left, and proceed through three traffic lights to the rotary. Or from the opposite direction, traveling south on West Main Road to the intersection of Admiral Kalbfus Road, take a right onto Admiral Kalbfus Road and proceed through the same three traffic lights to the Rotary.
The Mutt Mitt Program is a program designed to alleviate the nuisance of dog waste in public parks and fields. The City has 44 dispensers located in various public locations around the City, that are filled 3 times per week.
The Mutt Mitts themselves are a heavy-duty double-lined plastic bag which is placed over your hand and makes it easier for collection.
There are normally trash barrels near each dispenser.
City Ordinance requires dog owners by law to clean up after their pet, and disposing of the waste in proper receptacles.
In honor of your pet, the City offers a donation program to help offset the cost of the mutt-mitt refills. The average cost per year for mutt-mitts is $20,000. Donations can be made to the City of Newport, c/o Newport Public Services Department…please name your pet on your check. Print Form
If you'd like to report a missing pet, please contact Animal Control at (401) 847-1306 ext. 2080.
Apply for a Dog License
Visit the City's Dog Park
Mutt Mitt Program Sponsorship
Newport's Leash Law
The Robert J. Potter League for Animals
Julie Sweeney, Animal Control Officer
(401) 847-1306 ext. 2080
43 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840
Phone: (401) 845-5300 (M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm)
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