Animal control officer Ariel Fisher is responsible for enforcing all state laws and town ordinances involving domesticated animals in the Town of Portsmouth. She is also responsible for the pick up of stray animals and trying to locate their owners. When a domestic animal doesn't have a town license or other identification the animal is brought to the Potter Shelter in Middletown until the owner claims it. The animal will only be released after the owner licenses the animal.
All residents who have dogs must have them licensed through the Town Clerk's Office at Town Hall at a cost of $8.00 per dog. An annual rabies clinic is held in the spring located behind the Portsmouth Fire Department.
Animal Control Officer Ariel Fisher can be reached at (401) 643-0136.
You can find pet friendly motels in the area by accessing Petswelcome.
Some key points to remember:..
Have a current photograph of your pet(s).
Have veterinary records handy with evidence of up-to-date immunizations.
Include the name and phone number of your vet.
Written instructions for feeding, medical, or behavioral problems.
Don't forget to bring along your pet's favorite toy to reduce stress.
Remember food, water and medications for the trip.
Have a plan and if you need
to leave the island, leave early
Find a place that will
accommodate you and your pet(s).
Keep a check on the weather
by using radio, television or newspapers.
Keep in mind
that you are on Aquidneck Island and that all three
bridges could be closed during a major event. Travel might be
restricted when winds originating from directions perpendicular
to the bridges are recorded in excess of 58 miles per hour.
Closure of the bridges to all traffic will be considered if
winds increase to a sustained 69 miles per hour in the above
Hopefully this information will be helpful to you and your pets.
Animal Control Officer Ariel Fisher