A N A C T
RELATING TO ANIMALS
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 4-19-11.1 of the General Laws in Chapter 4-19 entitled "Animal Care" is hereby amended to read as follows:
4-19-11.1. Destruction of animals by carbon monoxide poisoning -- (a) It is unlawful to use a gasoline powered combustion engine to generate carbon monoxide as a euthanizing agent in the destruction of animals.
(b) Any carbon monoxide chambers employed as euthanasia devices must be equipped with bottled or cylinder carbon monoxide gas as the source of this lethal agent.
(c) Each violation of this section is punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500) and/or imprisonment not to exceed thirty (30) days.
(d) The department of environmental management shall promulgate rules and regulations to be followed when using carbon monoxide as a euthanizing agent in the destruction of animals. Said rules and regulations shall be promulgated by July 1, 2002.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.