The Code Enforcement Division patrols the City and responds to citizen complaints to insure compliance with adopted animal regulations. Newport has a leash law and a scoop law.
Dog Licensing / Vicious Dogs
Newport has a vicious animal ordinance (PDF) (which by definition includes any dogs displaying a vicious tendency and specifically American Pit Bull Terriers or American Staffordshire Terriers/Staffordshire Bull Terriers). Vicious dogs must be:
Muzzled and on a leash not exceeding six feet in length.
Must be licensed by the City.
Have proof of rabies vaccination.
Have proof that the dog has been microchipped.
Owners must show proof of liability insurance or homeowners' or renters' insurance coverage for a minimum amount of $100,000 protecting against injury caused by a dog.