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N.H. Bill To Fight Animal Cruelty Dies in House

Paws Down!
May 22, 2018

To New Hampshire state legislators who would not support a bill to prevent animal neglect and cruelty by dog breeders.

Last year, more than 80 Great Dane adult dogs and puppies were seized from a home in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, after police found the dogs living in filthy, overcrowded conditions. Many of the dogs had health problems and were malnourished. This cruelty case and others inspired some New Hampshire legislators and Governor Sununu to explore ways to strengthen state animal cruelty laws. New legislation was swiftly introduced.

SB0569 was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley and would have required a license for any breeder possessing five or more breeding female dogs. Furthermore, the bill would have allowed more cruelty acts to be charged as felonies and require (unannounced) inspections of pet stores, animal shelters, private animal rescues, and commercial breeders every two years.  The bill would also set up a process to hold animal cruelty offenders financially responsible for caring for the seized animal they harmed. Currently, taxpayers absorb the cost of providing care, shelter, and treatment to abused animals.

Shockingly, this common-sense bill did not receive the votes it needed by members of the New Hampshire State House to be passed into law. Sen. Bradley said he will likely re-introduce the legislation next year.

Take action. New Hampshire residents, contact your legislators and urge them to support reasonable animal welfare laws that prevent breeders from putting profit before humane treatment of animals. Feel free to use NHES’ sample action letter below.

Re: Failure to pass SB0569

Dear Sen./Rep. [Last Name]

I am writing to express my disappointment that SB0569, a bill to protect the welfare of animals in commercial breeding ventures, did not pass. This bill provided common-sense, measurable strategies to prevent animal cruelty, uncover incidences of animal cruelty early, and remove the financial burden of animal cruelty crimes on taxpayers and place it where it belongs — on the wallets of those who harm animals. I hope that this legislation, or similar legislation is introduced next year. I also hope I can rely on you to support common-sense legislation to protect the welfare of animals in our state. Thank you for considering my thoughts.


[Your Name]
[Your Address]


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19 responses to “N.H. Bill To Fight Animal Cruelty Dies in House”

  1. ALAN COHEN says:

    The welfare of animals in mills is our problem..There ought to be a law against the people who operate these mill and the mills themselves..

  2. Martha Gorak says:

    It’s a shame. A developed country protect its animals

  3. Michael Wilk says:

    I am deeply saddened to learn of this. This is shameful.

  4. Michael Ramirez says:

    “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”
    ― Francis of Assisi

  5. Shelley Elam says:

    when are legislators going to start listening to the voices of the people and help us stop animal cruelty and shelter overcrowding and back yard breeders and puppy mills… all these dogs fall on the hands of rescues and over burdened shelters.


    Am very disappointed that this important measure was not fully supported

  7. Pamela Joan Olsen says:

    What is the problem? Someone must have a companion animal he/she cares for. They are family.

  8. Tammy says:

    Why? It appears that this bill only makes people responsible for the well being of the poor animals they are trying to profit from. We must start implementing and addressing issues for the protection of our animals and our Earth. We no longer have the luxury to claim ignorance or caring.

  9. Charlotte Leigh Burns says:

    I am so ashamed that elected officials are so cruel.

  10. Why would anyone be so unfeeling as to ignore the chance to try to prevent animal cruelty. Please try again.

  11. I can only hope that you, or any members of your family, don’t have any pets. Many states have enacted laws to charge abusers and neglectors with felonies. I was under the impression that New Hampshire was one of the more “compassionate” states. By not passing this law, it appears I was wrong. Please, please reconsider enacting such as law when it comes up again. It can only benefit ALL (except abusers) who live in your state.


    ALL ANIMALS need PROTECTION from humans!!!

    you would think it was common sense, but it is not!

  13. Aixa Fielder says:


  14. Sandra Kincaid says:

    Please support the welfare of animals! PLEASE!

  15. Kathy Britt says:

    Your lack of protections for innocent animals is not only disappointing but shows no concern at all for the voiceless. I ask you to reconsider your decision and keep these animals protected under the law.

  16. These people who harm animals should be placed in jail with a fine. There isn’t any reason people should do all this harm to animals. All they want is love and companionship. Way to many animals die in the hands of people who may go toward harming people. Put all forces to put a stop to this . Thank you

  17. Sugar Bouche says:

    It is too bad that Humans are making laws about animal welfare. We should be protecting all living creatures from cruelty, abuse, neglect, and torture. We benefit so much from animals and we give them nothing, nothing at all for doing so much for us. SHAME ON YOU.
    You have no Heart. How do you sleep?

  18. Frances Mackiewicz says:

    Please reconsider your position on this matter.

  19. Loretta Magner says:

    NH legislators there is certainly something wrong with you. No compassion. How can you live with yourselves.
    I’m sure glad I don’t live in New Hampshire.

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