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Letter: More protections for dogs and their owners

Published: 8/1/2021 7:00:18 AM

The article, “Law changes help wild critters, cats, and canines” (Monitor, 7/28) cites a new law making the malicious removal of a tracking collar or microchip from another’s dog a crime and augments NH RSA 466:42a which prohibits removing the collar or stealing a licensed and collared dog. Taken together, this new law and established laws suggest the following.

First, license and collar your dog as these protective laws often contain the phrase, “licensed and collared dog.” Second, you now have increased protections from those who might steal or otherwise harm your dog. This includes those might remove a GPS or combination GPS / electronic collar or a lone electronic collar from another’s dog. This gives additional legal protections to dog owners using such collars for general training or to rehabilitate a “menacing, nuisance, or vicious” dog defined in RSA 466:31. NH RSA Chapter 466 contains well-crafted laws regarding the management of dogs and when followed, the lives of canines and their owners improve markedly. Fewer menacing, nuisance or vicious dogs will have this misfortune to of sliding off the end of a veterinarian’s needle.

Maurice Regan



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