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Summer 2010 Legislative Update

New Hampshire's 2010 legislative session has now ended, and, unfortunately, our bills to try to make life better for Granite State dogs did not do as well as we had hoped.

HB 1639, to set humane standards for tethering of dogs, was defeated in the NH House of Representatives on March 11 2010.

HB 1624, to set humane standards for dog breeders, was defeated in the NH House of Representatives on February 10 2010.

Although disappointing, we learned a great deal about the potential problems with these issues, and will be much better prepared to address these points when these bills are re-introduced. In addition, the House Environment and Agriculture Committee will continue to study the problem of "backyard breeders" in New Hampshire, with the goal of introducing legislation for 2011 to close loopholes in the current law.

We are very grateful to our prime sponsor, Representative Susan Kepner of Hampton, and to co-sponsors , Representative Carla Skinder of Cornish, and Representative John Reagan of Deerfield for their work in this session to help our beloved canine friends.

This fall, every New Hampshire legislator will be up for re-election. If you're not sure who your current legislators are, here's a link where you can find them:


Please contact your New Hampshire Senator and Representatives NOW, and tell them that if they want your vote this November they need to make 2011 a better year for animals .

"The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dreams shall never die."
Senator Edward Kennedy
( who loved dogs)



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