NH Senate Shows Some Love for the Animals
CONCORD (AP) — The New Hampshire state Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill aimed at preventing animal cruelty and sparing towns from spending huge amounts of money to care for seized animals.
Republican Sen. Jeb Bradley sponsored the bill after a breeder in Wolfeboro was accused of keeping dozens of Great Danes in filthy conditions. Among other things, it would allow seized animals to be adopted if a defendant in an animal cruelty case doesn't pay a reasonable amount toward their care.
“This legislation strikes the appropriate balance of preventing animal cruelty while ensuring commercial breeders are performing best practices when caring for their animals by broadening the process for inspections and strengthening license requirements," Bradley said.
Under current law, the state only licenses businesses that sell 10 or more litters of puppies or 50 puppies in one year. The bill sent to the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday would redefine commercial breeders as those with at least seven breeding females.
Gov. Chris Sununu has made tougher penalties for animal cruelty a priority, even revamping a commission in August to deal with the issue.
"Animal Cruelty will not be tolerated in New Hampshire,” Sununu said. “I applaud the Senate for passing SB 569, which will ensure that the horrendous treatment of the Great Dane’s from Wolfeboro never happens again. This is a critical piece of legislation, and I call on the House to get it to my desk.”