One East Greenwich farmer is filling a need for guard dogs in New England. Pat McNiff at Pat’s Pastured is breeding and selling puppies who will guard livestock, and in some cases flowers, for farmers across the region.
McNiff said the dogs are breed for the job and mom does all the training. He said his guard dogs have been a big help with the chickens. “So we used to lose 50 chickens in a week,” said McNiff, "but now we lose none. It’s pretty amazing.”
What was billed as the largest dog adoption event to ever occur in Rhode Island was held Sunday at the Inskip auto dealership in Warwick. The goal was to adopt out 200 dogs, and by midday they were well on their way to achieving that milestone.
Since World War II, thousands of dogs have served the USA, though their contributions often go unnoticed. Yesterday, the Rhode Island House Veterans’ Affairs Committee considered a bill to set March 13th as a state-wide holiday, “K-9 Veterans’ Day.”
Ron Aiello, President of the United States War Dogs Association, says in the past 10 years, there have been approximately 600 to 700 dog teams in the Middle East at any one time.
State Representative Peter G. Palumbo, a Democrat from Cranston, has introduced legislation that would ban drivers in Rhode Island from operating a vehicle with dogs on their laps. The legislation would allow tickets to be issued at 85 dollars for a first offense, and up to 125 dollars for third and subsequent offenses.
Palumbo hopes that the legislation will help curb auto accidents that are the result of distracted driving, likening it to texting and driving. The legislation has been referred for to the House Judiciary Committee for review.