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New Hampshire Passes Laws to Help Animals

Paws Up! To New Hampshire Governor Sununu for signing three bills into law that will make a better life for animals.

December 29, 2021

The New Hampshire legislature has been busy the past few months passing important laws that will help dogs, cats, and wildlife in the White Mountain State. Here are the three new laws that take effect in 2022:

Starting in the new year, cats will be treated equally to dogs when it comes to road accidents. Currently, if a person hits a dog with their car, they are required to stop and notify the dog’s owner or the police. Beginning in January 2022, people will be required to do the same if they hit a cat.

HB 338 will also go into effect on January 1st, 2022. This law targets the increasingly growing problem of dog theft, or “dog flipping”. Perpetrators are known to steal dogs from homes or yards, remove the dogs’ microchips, and then sell them for a high profit. HB338 increases subsequent offenses from misdemeanors to class B felonies and also makes it illegal to remove a microchip from another person’s dog.

Finally, New Hampshire passed HB 529 this year, which increases protections for wild animals, fish, and birds. According to the text, anyone who intentionally hits, whips, cruelly beats, tortures, or mutilates a wild animal, fish, or bird is guilty of a class B felony.

Take Action: Take a moment to thank Governor Sununu for signing these three bills into law and creating a better life for animals in New Hampshire!

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3 responses to “New Hampshire Passes Laws to Help Animals”

  1. Laurel Freeman says:

    Thank you for signing this law into effect. I am not a citizen of your state, however my daughter just moved there. I will relay this information to her in hopes she keeps this in mind when voting in the next election. This act helps to reinforce New Hampshire as a compassionate, environmentally sound state. Thank you.

  2. Betty Harris says:

    It’s great that you are helping the animals in your state. Thank you so much.

  3. Maureen Rifkind says:

    Thank you Governor Sununu for doing the right thing for animals. You just gave me a wonderful feeling that not all people are vicious and violent towards animals. God bless you for bringing such a great person!

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