DOGS’ legislative advocacy program is made possible by contributions from our members and local dog and cat clubs. We are grateful for the continuing support of the Seacoast Cat Club, the New Hampshire Mushers Association, the Granite State Shetland Sheepdog Club of South East New Hampshire, the Lakes Region Kennel Club, the Merrimack Valley Kennel Club, the Newfoundland Club of New England, the Souhegan Kennel Club, and the contributions of our supporters.

Many thanks to all our supporters.  We really couldn’t do this without your help.

Our last two bills!

SB415  – (New Title) requiring appropriate hydration be made available to certain animals and establishing a committee to study harmful weather conditions for dogs.

The House Environment and Agriculture Committee voted SB415 “Inexpedient to Legislate” unanimously and it will be on the Consent Calendar on April 20.  From the House Calendar:

 “Rep. Peter Bixby for Environment and Agriculture. This bill would have added a requirement for hydration for domestic animals to statute, and would have created a committee to study harmful weather conditions for dogs. Current law requires that sustenance be provided, which includes hydration, making this change in law redundant. The Governor’s Commission on the Humane Treatment of Animals has studied and continues to study all aspects of animal welfare and provides a manual of standards and training for local police. A study committee is unnecessary. We also heard testimony that the variability in dog breeds and acclimatization makes it impossible to a develop a blanket statement concerning weather that is harmful to dogs.”

HB1547prohibiting bestiality  –The Senate Judiciary Committee has recommend Ought To Pass with Amendment.  The amendment moves the language of the bill into the animal cruelty statutes as suggested by the Farm Bureau and the Department of Agriculture and requires anyone convicted of bestiality to register as a sex offender.  It preserves the exceptions for

  • (a) Accepted veterinary medical practices.
  • (b) Insemination of animals for the purpose of procreation.
  • (c) Accepted animal husbandry practices that provide necessary care for animals.
2016 Legislative Update #12
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