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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The New Hampshire House Environment and Agriculture Committee has scheduled the continued hearing on HB 1389 for Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at 10am in Room 303 of the Legislative Office Building.  AKC’s prior alert and details on this bill can be reviewed in full here.

HB 1389 would amend the state’s animal cruelty law by making it a crime to not provide sufficient food, water, or shelter; and to leave a dog outside and unattended, regardless of access to an outdoor shelter, for more than 15 minutes during any period in which the temperature is below 32-degrees Fahrenheit or above 90-degrees Fahrenheit.  This would apply to dogs kept in a securely fenced-in yard, dogs in a kennel, or dogs humanely tethered.  Upon introducing the bill on January 16, 2020, Representative Rogers indicated she has filed an amendment to exempt dogs while “actively engaged” in hunting or sporting activities.   NH DOGS’ and AKC’s concerns with the bill have not been satisfied.



AKC strongly encourages those who reside in New Hampshire and have not yet done so to contact the committee before January 28, 2020, and express your concerns with HB 1389. 

You can contact all members of the committee by sending your concerns to

The committee has a work session scheduled for this bill on Thursday, January 30, 2020, also at 10am in Room 303.  Attending to monitor the committee’s discussion is highly recommended.

For more information on these or other legislative issues in New Hampshire, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at 919-816-3720 or; or the Dog Owners of the Granite State at