HB290 (2017) Detail

Relative to rabies vaccination protocols for companion animals.


CHAPTER 58

HB 290 - FINAL VERSION

 

15Feb2017... 0144h

2017 SESSION

17-0175

08/09

 

HOUSE BILL 290

 

AN ACT relative to rabies vaccination protocols for companion animals.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. J. Belanger, Hills. 27; Rep. Fraser, Belk. 1; Rep. F. McCarthy, Carr. 2; Rep. McConnell, Ches. 12; Sen. Gray, Dist 6; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17

 

COMMITTEE: Environment and Agriculture

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill makes the rabies vaccination protocols for companion animals consistent with national standards.  

 

This bill was requested by the state veterinarian.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

15Feb2017... 0144h 17-0175

08/09

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT relative to rabies vaccination protocols for companion animals.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

58:1  Rabies Vaccinations Protocols.  Amend RSA 436:106, I(b) to read as follows:

(b)  If the owner is unwilling to destroy the dog, cat, or ferret, strict isolation of the dog, cat, or ferret, in a kennel under veterinary supervision and in cooperation with the local authorities[, for a minimum of 6 months] shall be enforced.  A dog or cat shall be held in quarantine for a minimum of 4 months.  A ferret shall be held in quarantine for a minimum of 6 months.  The dog, cat, or ferret shall be vaccinated against rabies 30 days prior to completion of the [6-month] impoundment.  Any illness in the dog, cat, or ferret during confinement or before release shall be evaluated by a licensed veterinarian.  If signs suggestive of rabies develop, the animal shall be euthanized and the head sent for examination to the public health laboratory, department of health and human services.  The expense of vaccination shall be paid in advance by the owner, and the expense of impoundment shall be paid monthly in advance by the owner.  In case of default in payment, the local authority may euthanize the dog, cat, or ferret after a 10-day grace period and the head shall be sent for examination to the public health laboratory, department of health and human services.  The expense of euthanizing the dog, cat, or ferret, for disposal of the remains, and for preparing and shipping the head, shall be the responsibility of the owner.

58:2  New Paragraph; Unvaccinated Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets Bit by Rabid Animals.  Amend RSA 436:106 by inserting after paragraph I the following new paragraph:

I-a.  Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets with Documentation of Expired Vaccination.  In the case of dogs, cats, and ferrets in which prior vaccination is documented but has expired and which have been bitten by a known rabid animal or have had a nonbite exposure, the dog, cat, or ferret which was bitten or exposed to rabies shall be handled as follows:

(a)  The dog, cat, or ferret shall be immediately revaccinated and confined for a period of 45 days following revaccination.  Any illness in the dog, cat, or ferret during confinement or before release shall be evaluated by a licensed veterinarian.  If signs suggestive of rabies develop, the animal shall be euthanized and the head sent for examination to the public health laboratory, department of health and human services.  The owner of the dog, cat, or ferret shall be responsible for any expense incurred.  The type of confinement shall be at the discretion of the local authority.  At the completion of confinement, the dog, cat, or ferret shall be examined by a licensed veterinarian and released if found by said veterinarian to be free of any signs of rabies.

(b)  If the dog, cat, or ferret is not revaccinated within 96 hours of the exposure, strict isolation of the dog, cat, or ferret, in a kennel under veterinary supervision and in cooperation with the local authorities shall be enforced.  A dog or cat shall be held in quarantine for a minimum of 4 months.  A ferret shall be held in quarantine for a minimum of 6 months.  The dog, cat, or ferret shall be vaccinated against rabies 30 days prior to completion of the impoundment.  Any illness in the dog, cat, or ferret during confinement or before release shall be evaluated by a licensed veterinarian.  If signs suggestive of rabies develop, the animal shall be euthanized and the head sent for examination to the public health laboratory, department of health and human services.  The expense of vaccination shall be paid in advance by the owner, and the expense of impoundment shall be paid monthly in advance by the owner.  In case of default in payment, the local authority may euthanize the dog, cat, or ferret after a 10-day grace period and the head shall be sent for examination to the public health laboratory, department of health and human services.  The expense of euthanizing the dog, cat, or ferret, for disposal of the remains, and for preparing and shipping the head, shall be the responsibility of the owner.

58:3  Vaccinated Companion Animals Bitten by Rabid Animals.  Amend RSA 436:106, II(a) to read as follows:

(a)  The dog, cat, or ferret shall be immediately revaccinated and confined for a period of [90] 45 days following revaccination.  Any illness in the dog, cat, or ferret during confinement or before release shall be evaluated by a licensed veterinarian.  If signs suggestive of rabies develop, the animal shall be euthanized and the head sent for examination to the public health laboratory, department of health and human services.  The owner of the dog, cat, or ferret shall be responsible for any expense incurred.  The type of confinement shall be at the discretion of the local authority.  At the completion of confinement, the dog, cat, or ferret shall be examined by a licensed veterinarian and released if found by said veterinarian to be free of any signs of rabies.

58:4  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

Approved: June 02, 2017

Effective Date: August 01, 2017

Links

HB290 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 24, 2017 House Hearing
Jan. 31, 2017 House Exec Session
Feb. 15, 2017 House Floor Vote
April 19, 2017 Senate Hearing
April 27, 2017 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB290 Revision: 107 Date: June 6, 2017, 11:04 a.m.
HB290 Revision: 108 Date: April 27, 2017, 4:20 p.m.
HB290 Revision: 109 Date: Feb. 21, 2017, 8:27 a.m.
HB290 Revision: 110 Date: Jan. 30, 2017, 10:45 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 5, 2017 Introduced 01/05/2017 and referred to Environment and Agriculture HJ 3 P. 7
Jan. 24, 2017 ==CANCELLED== Public Hearing: 01/24/2017 11:00 AM LOB 303
Jan. 24, 2017 ==RESCHEDULED== Public Hearing: 01/24/2017 11:00 AM LOB 201-203
Jan. 31, 2017 Executive Session: 01/31/2017 10:00 AM LOB 303
Feb. 15, 2017 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-0144h for 02/15/2017 (Vote 18-0; CC) HC 11 P. 10
Feb. 15, 2017 Amendment # 2017-0144h: AA VV 02/15/2017 HJ 7 P. 11
Feb. 15, 2017 Ought to Pass with Amendment 0144h: MA VV 02/15/2017 HJ 7 P. 11
Feb. 16, 2017 Introduced 02/16/2017 and Referred to Executive Departments and Administration; SJ 7
April 19, 2017 Hearing: 04/19/2017, Room 101, LOB, 09:45 am; SC 19
April 27, 2017 Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 04/27/2017; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 20
April 27, 2017 Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 04/27/2017; SJ 15
April 27, 2017 Enrolled (In recess 04/27/2017); SJ 16
May 4, 2017 Enrolled 05/04/2017 HJ 15 P. 47
June 2, 2017 Signed by Governor Sununu 06/02/2017; Chapter 58; Eff. 8/1/2017