HB1187 (2020) Detail

Relative to animal shelter facilities.


HB 1187 - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

11Mar2020... 1004h

2020 SESSION

20-2253

08/10

 

HOUSE BILL 1187

 

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

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill:

 

I.  Allows animal shelters to own or lease their facilities.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

11Mar2020... 1004h 20-2253

08/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

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 or leased, 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, 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, if proof of rabies vaccination is not available.

[(a)] (c)  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)] (d)  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. Registered owners or agents shall be contacted as soon as possible, not to exceed 72 hours, and alerted that the animal has been taken in and is available to be reclaimed.

(e)  If listed owners or agents cannot be located or refuse to reclaim possession of the animal, secondary contacts listed by microchip registries shall be contacted as soon as possible, not to exceed 72 hours.

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

Links

HB1187 at GenCourtMobile
HB1187 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 4, 2020 House Hearing
Feb. 25, 2020 House Hearing
March 3, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 11, 2020 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1187 Revision: 8267 Date: March 11, 2020, 11:22 a.m.
HB1187 Revision: 6824 Date: Dec. 2, 2019, 11:17 a.m.

Docket

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
March 11, 2020 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-1004h for 03/11/2020 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 10 P. 13
Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-1004h (Vote 20-0; CC)
March 11, 2020 Amendment # 2020-1004h: AA VV 03/11/2020
March 11, 2020 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2020-1004h: MA VV 03/11/2020
June 16, 2020 Introduced 06/16/2020, and Laid on Table, MA, VV; 06/16/2020; SJ 8
June 16, 2020 No Pending Motion; 06/16/2020 SJ 8