HB1187 (2020) Detail

Relative to animal shelter facilities.










AN ACT relative to animal shelter facilities.


SPONSORS: Rep. Ford, Graf. 3; Rep. Massimilla, Graf. 1; Rep. Egan, Graf. 2; Rep. Hennessey, Graf. 1; Rep. French, Graf. 14; Rep. Ruprecht, Graf. 15


COMMITTEE: Environment and Agriculture






This bill:


I.  Removes the requirement that animal shelters own their facilities from the definition of animal shelter facilities.


II.  Clarifying which exemptions apply to animal shelters.


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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.






In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty


AN ACT relative to animal shelter facilities.


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


1  Definitions; Animal Shelter Facility.  Amend RSA 437:1, I to read as follows:

I.  "Animal shelter facility" means a facility, including the building and the immediate surrounding area, which is used to house or contain animals and which is [owned,] operated and maintained by a duly incorporated humane society, animal welfare society, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, or other nonprofit organization devoted to the welfare, protection and humane treatment of animals, and also a public pound for the housing of strays or a pound operated by any person, excluding veterinarians, who contracts with a municipality to serve that function.

2  Health Certificates for Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets; Animal Shelters.  Amend RSA 437:8, V to read as follows:

V.  Animal shelter facilities in the state of New Hampshire, as defined in RSA 437:1, I, are exempt from the requirements of this section relative to transferring dogs, cats, and ferrets except that:

(a)  All dogs, cats, or ferrets transferred out of an animal shelter facility shall have a form of positive identification, including, but not limited to a tattoo, collar, microchip, ear tag, or any other permanent form of identification approved by the commissioner.  

(b)  All dogs, cats, or ferrets shall be vaccinated against rabies in accordance with RSA 436 before transfer.  

(c)  If a dog, cat, or ferret is imported into the state for transfer, such dog, cat, or ferret shall be accompanied by an official health certificate.  

[(a)] (d)  All animal shelter facilities shall have on premises a microchip scanner and shall maintain a file of recognized pet retrieval agencies, including but not limited to national tattoo or microchip registries.

[(b)] (e)  Where an owner is not known, all animal shelter facilities shall inspect for tattoos, ear tags, or other permanent forms of positive identification and shall scan for a microchip upon admission of an unclaimed or abandoned animal as defined in RSA 437:18, IV and prior to transferring ownership of an unclaimed or abandoned animal.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.


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HB1187 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 4, 2020 House Hearing
Feb. 25, 2020 House Hearing
March 3, 2020 House Exec Session

Bill Text Revisions

HB1187 Revision: 6824 Date: Dec. 2, 2019, 11:17 a.m.


Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Environment and Agriculture HJ 1 P. 13
Feb. 4, 2020 ==CANCELLED== Public Hearing: 02/04/2020 11:30 am LOB 303
Feb. 25, 2020 Public Hearing: 02/25/2020 10:00 am LOB 305-307
March 3, 2020 Executive Session: 03/03/2020 10:00 am LOB 303