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Revised Statutes Annotated of the State of New Hampshire. Title XLV. Animals. Chapter 466-A. Wolf Hybrids.

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Citation: N.H. Rev. Stat. 466-A:1 to 466-A:6

Citation: NH ST 466-A:1 to 466-A:6


Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 02/2014

Summary:   This section of laws comprises New Hampshire's wolf-dog hybrid act. Under the law, no person shall sell or resell, offer for sale or resale, or release or cause to be released a wolf hybrid in the state of New Hampshire. A person may temporarily import a wolf hybrid provided that he or she shows proof of spaying or neutering and has accurate vaccination records. Each wolf hybrid shall be under the physical control of the owner or confined in an enclosure or structure sufficient to prohibit escape. Any person in violation of this chapter or any rule adopted under this chapter shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.


Statute in Full:

466-A:1 Definitions.

466-A:2 General Applicability.

466-A:3 Prohibitions.

466-A:4 Vaccination.

466-A:5 Confinement.

466-A:5-a Rulemaking Authority.

466-A:6 Penalty; Administrative Fines.

 

 

466-A:1 Definitions.

In this chapter:

I. [Repealed.]

II. "Canine" means a member of a species of mammal consisting of dogs, wolves, jackals, foxes, and coyotes.

III. "Hybrid" means an offspring of 2 animals of different species or genera.

IV. "Owner" means any person keeping, harboring, or having charge or control of a hybrid, or permitting any hybrid to habitually be or remain on, or be lodged or fed within such person's house, yard, or premises. This term shall not apply to veterinarians or kennel operators temporarily maintaining on their premises hybrids owned by other persons.

V. "Person" means any individual, partnership, company, association, trust, corporation, governmental unit or agency, or any other legal entity.

VI. "Wolf" means any canine classified as Canis lupis or Canis rufus.

VII. "Wolf hybrid" means any canine which has had a wolf ancestor within the previous 4 generations. This definition shall include a wolf or wolf hybrid as either a sire or dam, grandsire or dam, great-grandsire or dam or great-great grandsire or dam. An animal shall also be considered a wolf hybrid if it has been represented by its owner or former owner as having wolf ancestry.

HISTORY

Source. 1994, 265:1. 1995, 91:1. 1998, 309:4, eff. June 26, 1998.

Amendments--1998. Paragraph I: Repealed.

--1995. Added a new par. I and redesignated former pars. I to VI as pars. II to VII.

 

466-A:2 General Applicability.

The provisions of RSA 466, RSA 436:99-109 and RSA 644:8, shall apply to wolf hybrids, except as modified by the provisions of this chapter.

HISTORY

Source. 1994, 265:1. 1995, 91:1, eff. Sept. 29, 1995.

Amendments--1995. Substituted "wolf hybrids" for "this chapter" following "apply to" in the first sentence and deleted the second sentence.

 

466-A:3 Prohibitions.

I. No person shall sell or resell, offer for sale or resale, or release or cause to be released a wolf hybrid in the state of New Hampshire.

II. (a) A person may import a wolf hybrid provided the wolf hybrid is spayed or neutered and has proper documentation of the spaying or neutering.

(b) A person may bring a wolf hybrid into the state temporarily for competitive events.

III. Any person possessing a wolf hybrid shall keep accurate licensing and vaccination records, as required by RSA 466-A:2 and neutering records, as provided in RSA 466-A:3, II, which shall be available for inspection by an animal control officer or law enforcement officer.

HISTORY

Source. 1994, 265:1. 1995, 91:3-6. 1998, 309:1, eff. June 26, 1998.

Amendments--1998. Amended section generally.

--1995. Paragraph I: Added "II-a, or II-b" following "in paragraph II".

Paragraph II: Amended generally.

Paragraphs II-a and II-b: Added.

Paragraph III: Deleted "or acquiring" following "possessing" and inserted "and neutering records, as provided in RSA 466-A:3, II-a" preceding "which shall".

 

466-A:4 Vaccination.

The owner of a wolf hybrid shall be required by the veterinarian administering the rabies vaccination, as required by RSA 436:100, to sign an affidavit in the presence of a veterinarian indicating awareness that the use of the canine-approved vaccine on wolf hybrids is experimental and acknowledging that neither the veterinarian administering the vaccine nor the manufacturer of the vaccine shall be liable in the event the wolf hybrid contracts rabies. The commissioner of the department of agriculture, markets, and food shall determine the form and content of this affidavit by rules adopted pursuant to RSA 541-A. If the commissioner of agriculture, markets, and food makes a determination that the rabies vaccine is proven to be effective when administered to wolf hybrids, then the signing of this affidavit shall no longer be required.

HISTORY

Source. 1994, 265:1. 1995, 130:4, 5, eff. July 23, 1995.

Amendments--1995. Substituted "department of agriculture, markets, and food" for "department of agriculture" in the second sentence and "commissioner of agriculture, markets, and food" for "commissioner of agriculture" in the third sentence.

 

466-A:5 Confinement.

Each wolf hybrid shall be under the physical control of the owner or confined in an enclosure or structure sufficient to prohibit escape. Adequate facilities and shelter, clean of waste and debris and free of infestation, shall be provided for keeping such animal.

HISTORY

Source. 1994, 265:1, eff. June 6, 1994.

 

466-A:5-a Rulemaking Authority.

The commissioner of agriculture, markets, and food shall adopt rules, under RSA 541-A, relative to standards for confinement and control under RSA 466-A:5.

HISTORY
Source.  1998, 309:2, eff. June 26, 1998.  2012, 171:25, eff. Aug. 10, 2012.
Amendments--2012.  Deleted “and any other matter necessary for the administration of this chapter” following “ RSA 466-A:5 ”.

 

 

466-A:6 Penalty; Administrative Fines.

I. Any person in violation of this chapter or any rule adopted under this chapter shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

II. Any person who violates any provision of this chapter, or any rule or order of the commissioner of agriculture, markets, and food, shall be subject to the imposition of an administrative fine levied by the commissioner, not to exceed $1,000 for each violation.

HISTORY

Source. 1994, 265:1. 1998, 309:3, eff. June 26, 1998.

Amendments--1998. Amended section generally.

 

(See also link to 207:14 Import, Possession, or Release of Wildlife)

 



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