HB 1448 - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
HOUSE BILL 1448
SPONSORS: Rep. Pearl, Merr. 26; Rep. Aron, Sull. 7
COMMITTEE: Environment and Agriculture
This bill makes certain requirements for a dog, cat, or ferret to receive a health certificate, including a 7 day quarantine period for imported animals.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.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... 0795h 20-2375
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 Health Certificates. Amend RSA 437:8, I to read as follows:
I. For purposes of this chapter, an official health certificate means a certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian, containing the name and address of the entity transferring ownership of the dog, cat, or ferret, the name and address of the issuing veterinarian, the age, gender, breed, microchip number, tattoo number, ear tag number, or physical description of the dog, cat, or ferret, and the certification of the veterinarian that the dog, cat, or ferret is free from evidence of communicable diseases or internal or external parasites. A list of all vaccines and medication administered to the dog, cat, or ferret shall be included on or attached to the certificate.
IV. Once a dog, cat, or ferret intended for transfer has entered the state, it shall be held at least [48 hours] 7 days at a facility licensed under RSA 437 or at a facility operated by a licensed veterinarian separated from contact with other non-quarantined animals on the premises and shall receive a health certificate from a licensed veterinarian before being offered for transfer.
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 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) 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.
VII. No dog or cat shall be imported into New Hampshire with intent to transfer without first receiving a negative test for intestinal parasites, heartworm if the dog or cat is over 6 months of age, and proof of deworming issued by a licensed veterinarian within 14 days previous to the transfer. The commissioner of the department of agriculture, markets, and food shall adopt rules under RSA 541-A relative to what tests are sufficient for such diseases.
VIII. A dog, cat, or ferret 4 months old or older shall be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days before entering New Hampshire in order to receive a health certificate under this section. Puppies and kittens shall not be vaccinated against rabies before 3 months of age.
VIII. A dog, cat, or ferret 3 months old or older shall be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days before entering New Hampshire in order to receive a health certificate under this section. Puppies and kittens shall not be vaccinated against rabies before 3 months of age. For puppies and kittens under 16 weeks old, proof that the dam's rabies vaccination is current shall be required in order to receive a health certificate.
|Feb. 4, 2020||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 27, 2020||House||Exec Session|
|March 11, 2020||House||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Environment and Agriculture HJ 1 P. 22|
|Feb. 4, 2020||Public Hearing: 02/04/2020 02:45 pm LOB 303|
|Feb. 18, 2020||Subcommittee Work Session: 02/18/2020 09:00 am LOB 303|
|Feb. 27, 2020||Executive Session: 02/27/2020 10:00 am LOB 303|
|Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0795h (Vote 19-0; CC)|
|March 11, 2020||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0795h (NT) for 03/11/2020 (Vote 19-0; CC) HC 10 P. 14|
|March 11, 2020||Amendment # 2020-0795h (NT): AA VV 03/11/2020|
|March 11, 2020||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2020-0795h (NT): 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|