HB1389 - Animal Cruelty Bill: an Amendment - Granite Grok

HB1389 – Animal Cruelty Bill: an Amendment

Steve had first posted on NH State Rep Katherine “I assault senior women” Rogers HB1389 mandate on how We The People MUST treat our dogs. No exceptions – just like with guns. I also posted up on this as well here. Frankly, I think she’s one of those extreme Animal Rights Social Justice Warriors – that pets are not to be owned by ANYONE. That’s right – there are those out there that believe that owning a pet is such a crime of immorality that such practices must be stopped. Why else make it so onerous to have a dog?

Anyways, the bill has been amended – and it still rots to high heaven (or lowest hell – take your pick). The hearing is on Thursday in Room 303 in the Legislative Office Building. The time is a bit problematic – its the last item on the agenda so who knows what time it will actually be heard:

  • 10:00 a.m.HB 1557-FN-A, establishing a value added grant matching fund for New Hampshire agricultural producers.
  • 10:30 a.m.HB 1627-FN, creating an animal health certificate database.
  • 11:15 a.m.HB 1117-FN, relative to penalties for dog theft and tampering with a dog’s radio collar.
  • 11:45 a.m.HB 1387, prohibiting the declawing of cats.
  • 1:30 p.m.HB 1683-FN, prohibiting the docking of dog tails and the cropping of dog ears.
  • 2:15 p.m.HB 1692-FN, establishing a certification for mushroom harvesters.
  • 3:00 p.m.HB 1389-FN, relative to criminal penalties for not providing adequate food, water, and shelter for animals.  

Here’s the amendment. Doesn’t make it any better. That said, this is a PERFECT example of a Progressive that believes that the rest of us can’t be trusted to do the right thing by our pets (re: above).  While this bill is about dogs, go read her anti-gun bills, too. Progressives just plain don’t like or trust ANYONE to “do the right thing” – they believe us to be mere children and that without their beneficent Hands of Mercy, we’d all kill each other.


Rep. Rogers, Merr. 28
January 13, 2020

Amendment to HB 1389-FN

Amend the title of the bill by replacing it with the following:

AN ACT relative to criminal penalties for not providing adequate sustenance and shelter for animals.

Amend the bill by replacing section 1 with the following:

1 Cruelty to Animals; Shelter; Sustenance. Amend RSA 644:8, II-a to read as follows:


(a) In this section, “shelter” or “necessary shelter” for dogs shall mean any natural or artificial area which provides protection from the direct sunlight and adequate air circulation when that sunlight is likely to cause heat exhaustion of a dog tied or caged outside. Shelter from the weather shall allow the dog to remain clean and dry. Shelter shall be structurally sound and have an area within to afford the dog the ability to stand up, turn around and lie down, and be of proportionate size as to allow the natural body heat of the dog to be retained.

(b) In addition, a dog left outside and unattended for more than 30 minutes during any period shall be provided an artificial shelter that is moisture-proof and windproof. Such shelter shall not be constructed of metal or any other material that readily conducts heat or cold.

(c) No dog shall be left 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 includes but is not limited to a dog in a securely fenced in yard, a dog in a kennel, or a tethered dog. This paragraph shall not apply to any dog that is owned by or in the service of a local or state law enforcement agency or fire department. This paragraph shall also not apply to dogs actively engaged in:

(1) Shepherding or herding livestock;
(2) Lawful hunting activities in accordance with New Hampshire fish and game regulations; or
(3) Sledding, training or performance events or competitions.

II-b. In this section, “sustenance” means access to clean, fresh, potable water of a drinkable temperature that is provided in sufficient volume, in clean, durable receptacles that are accessible to each animal, and at suitable intervals appropriate for the weather and temperature, to maintain normal hydration for the age, species, condition, size, and type of each animal; and access to and the provision of food that is of sufficient quantity and nutritive value to maintain a healthy body condition for each animal; is accessible to each animal; is prepared so as to permit ease of consumption for the age, species, condition, size, and type of each animal; is provided in a clean and sanitary manner; and is provided at suitable intervals for the species, age, and condition of the animal, but at least once daily, except as prescribed by a veterinarian.

II-c. In this section, “outside and unattended” means any dog who is confined outdoors for a duration of longer than 15 minutes and not in visual range and physical presence of the owner. This expressly includes, but is not limited to, a dog in a securely fenced-in yard, a dog in a kennel, or a dog tethered. For purposes of this section, a dog shall be considered “outside” regardless of access to an outdoor doghouse or similar structure.



This bill requires adequate sustenance and shelter for animals and defines criminal penalties for not providing adequate sustenance and shelter for animals.