New Hampshire Statutes
|Statute by category||Citation||Summary|
|New Hampshire General Laws 1878: Trespasses, Malicious Acts, etc.||1878 N.H. Laws 281||
The New Hampshire session laws from 1878, chapter 281, covers the state's cruelty to animals laws. Specifically, the law covers cruelty to animals and the treatment of animals during transportation.
|New Hampshire Revised Statutes 1843: Offences Against Chastity, Decency and Morality||N.H. Rev. Stat. ch. 219 § 12 (1843)||
Section 12 of Chapter 219 from New Hampshire Revised Statutes of 1843 covers cruelty to animals. Specifically, the statutes states what qualifies as cruelty to animals and the punishment for it.
|NH - Agricultural Animals - Chapter 435. Animal Care, Breeding and Feed||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 435:1 - 435:41||
This New Hampshire chapter concerns the registration of breeding stallions and the proper care, feeding, and shelter of horses. The chapter also includes the New Hampshire Commercial Feed Law of 1971. Within this law are prohibitions on the misbranding or adulteration of commercial feed. The chapter additionally prohibits the feeding of raw garbage to swine.
|NH - Assistance Animals - Assistance Animal/Guide Dog Laws||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 21-P:37-a; 167-D:1 - 10; 265:41-a||
The following statutes comprise the state's relevant assistance animal and guide dog laws.
|NH - Cruelty - Consolidated Cruelty Laws||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 644:8 - 644:8-g; N.H. Rev. Stat. § 105:14 - 18||
These New Hampshire statutes provide the animals anti-cruelty and animal fighting provisions for the state. Included are general anti-cruelty laws for any animal (including domestic and wild animals), exhibitions of fighting animals, provisions for protection of animals riding in motor vehicles, restrictions related to docking the tail of a horse, provisions for the use of animals in science classes or fairs, laws against maiming or willfully interfering with police dogs or horses, laws related to the willful interference with organizations or projects involving animals, and provisions related to dogs riding in pick-up trucks.
|NH - Disaster - Chapter 21-P. Department of Safety. Homeland Security and Emergency Management.||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 21-P:37-a||
In New Hampshire, state policy mandates that service animals and the people they serve be kept together in cases of emergency. State emergency planning and training must take that requirement into account.
|NH - Divorce - 458:16-a Property Settlement.||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 458:16-a||This New Hampshire statute defines "property" for purposes of the state's marriage dissolution (divorce) procedure. In August of 2019, a new provision was added to this law related to animals (Subsection II-a). This subsection states that "[t]angible property shall include animals. In such cases, the property settlement shall address the care and ownership of the parties' animals, taking into consideration the animals' wellbeing."|
|NH - Dog Bite - Chapter 466. Dogs and Cats.||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 466:31 to 31-a||
Under this section, a dog is considered to be a nuisance, a menace, or vicious to persons or to property if it is "at large," if it barks for sustained periods, if it chases cars continuously, or if it growls, snaps at or bites persons. If a dog bites a person and breaks the skin, the animal control officer must inform the victim whether the dog was vaccinated against rabies within 24 hours.
|NH - Dogs - Consolidated Dog Laws||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 3:25; § 4:13-s; § 466:1 - 466:54; 47:17; 207:11 - 207:13b; 210:18; 264:31; 436:99 - 436:109; 437:1 - 437:22; 437-A:1 - 9; 508:18-a; § 644:8-f||
These New Hampshire statutes comprise the state's dog laws. Among the provisions include licensing requirements, dangerous dog laws, and the rabies control code.
|NH - Domestic Violence - Chapter 173-B. Protection of Persons from Domestic Violence||N.H. Rev. Stat. §§ 173-B:1, 173:B4, 173:B5||New Hampshire now considers animal cruelty to be “abuse” under its protection of persons from domestic violence statute. The law now allows a judge to grant the petitioner of a protective order exclusive care, custody, or control of any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by the victim, the abuser, or a minor child in the household; the law also allows a judge to order the abuser to stay away from the pet in both temporary and final domestic violence protective orders.|
|NH - Eagle, Golden - Chapter 209. Game Birds; Pigeons.||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 209:1 - 209:13||New Hampshire prohibits the hunting, capturing, killing, or possession of any bald or golden eagle or disturbing eagle nests and young.|
|NH - Ecoterrorism - 644:8-e Willful Interference With Organizations or Projects Involving Animals||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 644:8-e||This law is New Hampshire's eco/agroterrorism law. The law states that whoever willfully causes bodily injury or willfully interferes with any property, including animals or records, used by any organization or project involving animals, or with any animal facility shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor. Whoever in the course of a violation of paragraph I causes serious bodily injury to another individual or economic loss in excess of $10,000 shall be guilty of a class B felony.|
|NH - Endangered - Chapter 212-A. Endangered Species Conservation Act||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 212-A:1 to 212-A:15||
These New Hampshire statutes outline the Endangered Species Conservation Act. The definitions of the terms used in the Act are described especially with regard to what constitutes endangered and threatened species. Violation of the Act is accomplished by taking a protected species and incurs a misdemeanor penalty.
|NH - Equine Activity Liability - Chapter 508. Limitation of Actions.||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 508:19||
This New Hampshire statute provides that an equine activity sponsor, an equine professional, or any other person engaged in an equine activity, shall not be liable for an injury or the death of a participant resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities. However, liability is not limited by this statute where the equine professional knowingly provided faulty tack or equipment, failed to make reasonable and prudent efforts to determine the ability of the participant to engage safely in the equine activity, owns or otherwise is in lawful possession of the land or facilities upon which the participant sustained injuries because of a known, dangerous latent condition, or if he or she commits an act or omission that constitutes willful or wanton disregard for the safety of the participant or intentionally injures the participant. The statute also sets out several definitions and specifically states that the term "engages in an equine activity" does not include being a spectator at an equine activity, except in cases where the spectator is in an unauthorized area and in immediate proximity to the equine activity.
|NH - Exotic Pets - Chapter 466-A. Wolf Hybrids||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 466-A:1 to 466-A:6||
This section of laws comprises New Hampshire's wolf-dog hybrid act. Under the law, no person shall sell or resell, offer for sale or resale, or release or cause to be released a wolf hybrid in the state of New Hampshire. A person may temporarily import a wolf hybrid provided that he or she shows proof of spaying or neutering and has accurate vaccination records. Each wolf hybrid shall be under the physical control of the owner or confined in an enclosure or structure sufficient to prohibit escape. Any person in violation of this chapter or any rule adopted under this chapter shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor. (See also link to 207:14 Import, Possession, or Release of Wildlife ).
|NH - Exotic Pets, Wildlife - Chapter 207. Import, Possession, or Release of Wildlife.||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 207:14 - 207:15-a||
This New Hampshire section states that no person shall import, possess, sell, exhibit, or release any live marine species or wildlife, or the eggs or progeny thereof, without first obtaining a permit from the executive director except as otherwise permitted. The executive director has the authority to determine the time period and any other conditions governing the issuance of such permit. The executive director may refuse to issue a permit if he determines that such issuance may pose significant disease, genetic, ecological, environmental, health, safety, or welfare risks to persons, marine species or wildlife. Any wildlife release or imported contrary to these provisions are subject to seizure.
|NH - Humane Slaughter - Chapter 427. Livestock and Meat Inspection. Humane Slaughter||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 427:33 - 427:37||
These laws comprise New Hampshire's humane slaughter provisions. A humane method is defined as one where the animal is rendered insensible to pain by a single blow or shot of a mechanical instrument or by electrical, chemical or other means that is rapid and effective, before being shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast, or cut. Ritual slaughter required by the ritual of the Jewish faith, whereby the animal suffers loss of consciousness by anemia of the brain is also allowed. Any slaughterer who violates this subdivision shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
|NH - Hunting - Interference with Hunting, Trapping or Fishing. 207:57 Harassment.||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 207:57||
This represents New Hampshire's hunter harassment law. The law provides that no person shall purposely obstruct or impede the participation of any individual in the lawful activity of hunting, fishing or trapping while that individual is in a designated hunting area on public lands. The section does not apply to any incidental interference arising from the lawful and normal activities of public land users. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a violation.
|NH - Hunting, Internet - § 207:8-a. Remote Control or Internet Hunting Prohibited||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 207:8-a||
This statute prohibits engaging in internet hunting or assisting another person in internet hunting within the state of New Hampshire. Any person who violates this section is guilty of a class A misdemeanor if a natural person and guilty of a felony if any other person. In addition, the executive director may impose a civil penalty of not less than $10,000 for each violation of this section.
|NH - Impound - Chapter 436. Diseases of Domestic Animals. Rabies Control.||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 436:107||
This New Hampshire statute provides that the local rabies control authority shall establish and maintain a pound. Any dog found off the owner's premises and not wearing a valid vaccination tag shall be impounded and maintained at the pound for a minimum of 7 days unless reclaimed earlier by the owner. Notice of impoundment of all dogs, including any significant marks of identification, shall be posted at the pound as public notification of impoundment. If the dog is unclaimed at the end of 7 days, the rabies control authority may dispose of the dog in accordance with applicable laws or rules.
|NH - Kennel - CHAPTER 466. DOGS AND CATS.||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 466:6||
This New Hampshire statute outlines the provisions of dog group licenses (i.e., kennel licenses).
|NH - Licenses - Chapter 466. Dogs and Cats.||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 466:29||
This New Hampshire statute provides that, in the case of a rabies epidemic, the mayor and aldermen of a city or the selectmen of a town may order that all dogs within the limits of the city or town shall be muzzled or restrained from running at large during the time prescribed by such order. Any offending dog may be impounded.
|NH - Licenses - Chapter 466. Dogs and Cats.||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 466:30-a||
This New Hampshire law provides that it is unlawful for any dog to run at large. "At large" is defined as "off the premises of the owner or keeper and not under the control of any person by means of personal presence and attention as will reasonably control the conduct of such dog, unless accompanied by the owner or custodian." Any authorized person may seize such at large dogs.
|NH - Lien - 448:2-a Lien for Food and Care||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 448:2-a||Any person or carrier who transports animals shall have a lien upon such animals for food, care, and custody furnished, and is not liable for their detention.|
|NH - Ordinances - 466:30-b Referendum (muzzling and restraining dogs)||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 466:30-b||
This New Hampshire statute outlines the required referendum format if a town seeks to adopt an ordinance that prohibits the running at large of dogs. Towns that do not adopt this statutory format may regulate the running at large of dogs by enacting ordinances that comply with other statutes.
|NH - Trusts - Chapter 564-B. Uniform Trust Code.||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 564-B:4-408||
This statute represents New Hampshire's pet trust law. The law provides that a trust may be created to provide for the care of an animal alive during the settlor's lifetime. The trust terminates upon the death of the animal or, if the trust was created to provide for the care of more than one animal alive during the settlor's lifetime, upon the death of the last surviving animal.
|NH - Veterinary - Chapter 332-B. New Hampshire Veterinary Practice Act.||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 332-B:1 - 332-B:20||
These are the state's veterinary practice laws. Among the provisions include licensing requirements, laws concerning the state veterinary board, veterinary records laws, and the laws governing disciplinary actions for impaired or incompetent practitioners.
|NH - Wildlife Damage - Wildlife Damage Control||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 207:22 to 207:30||
These New Hampshire statutes establish a wildlife damages control program to respond to conflicts between wildlife and people. A person who suffers loss or damage to livestock, bees, orchards or growing crops, by bear or mountain lion, may receive compensation from the state. The statutes allow a person to kill any unprotected bird or wild animal doing damage to poultry, crops, domestic animals on the person's property.
|NH - Wolf - Chapter 207. General Provisions as to Fish and Game.||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 207:61||
This New Hampshire statute prohibits the introduction of wolf populations into the state by a person or state agency.