The Humane Society of the United States is commending a commitment to protect animals outlined by New Hampshire Republican Gov. Chris Sununu in his State of the State address.
Gov. Sununu endorsed Senate Bill 569-FN, legislation that will strengthen regulations for commercial dog breeders and enhance felony penalties for extreme cruelty that results in the death of an animal. The bill, sponsored by Republican Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, will also pass a cost-of-animal-care law to address the enormous financial burden on New Hampshire taxpayers and nonprofit humane organizations to care for animals legally seized in animal cruelty cases.
In 2017, the Humane Society of the United States assisted the Wolfeboro Police Department in the rescue of 84 Great Danes from an unlicensed breeder in New Hampshire. The HSUS has provided close to $1,000,000 for the care of the Great Danes.
"We are working to ensure that the horrendous Great Dane situation in Wolfeboro never happens again by strengthening our animal cruelty laws. Senate Bill 569 is a critical piece of legislation, and you (legislators) need to get it on my desk," said Sununu.
Gov. Sununu also revamped the Governor's Commission on the Humane Treatment of Animals to ensure a focused effort to reform state animal cruelty laws. The Commission joins a long list of supporters of Senate Bill 569-FN including animal protection organizations like the HSUS and the New Hampshire Federation of Humane Organizations, the New Hampshire Municipal Association and town selectboards from across the state as well as the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police and law enforcement agencies.
“Given the number of high profile animal cruelty cases, it is time that we strengthen our laws to better prevent the neglect of animals. I thank Governor Sununu and all of the organizations that have supported this initiative for their leadership in solving the problems that have occurred in New Hampshire over the past few years,” said Bradley.
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