TITLE XL
AGRICULTURE, HORTICULTURE AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

CHAPTER 437
SALE OF PETS AND DISPOSITION OF UNCLAIMED ANIMALS

Transfer of Animals and Birds

Section 437:1

    437:1 Definitions. –
In this subdivision:
I. "Animal shelter facility" means a facility, including the building and the immediate surrounding area, which is used to house or contain animals and which is owned or leased, operated and maintained by a duly incorporated humane society, animal welfare society, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, or other nonprofit organization devoted to the welfare, protection and humane treatment of animals, and also a public pound for the housing of strays or a pound operated by any person, excluding veterinarians, who contracts with a municipality to serve that function.
II. [Repealed.]
III. "Commissioner" means the commissioner of the department of agriculture, markets, and food.
IV. "Pet vendor" means any person, firm, corporation, or other entity that transfers 30 or more dogs, 30 or more cats, 30 or more ferrets, or 50 or more birds, live animals or birds customarily used as household pets to the public, with or without a fee or donation required, and whether or not a physical facility is owned by the licensee in New Hampshire, when transfer to the final owner occurs within New Hampshire, between January 1 and December 31 of each year. Pet vendor also means any person, firm, corporation, or other entity that transfers amphibians, reptiles, fish, or small mammals customarily used as household pets to the public in quantities set in rules adopted by the department, with or without a fee or donation required, and whether or not a physical facility is owned by the licensee in New Hampshire between January 1 and December 31 of each year. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to alter or affect the municipal zoning regulations that a pet vendor shall conform with under RSA 437:3.
V. "Transfer" means transfer of ownership of live animals or birds from any person, firm, corporation, or other entity to a member of the public.

Source. 2017, 156:233, eff. July 1, 2017. 2019, 346:297, 302, eff. July 1, 2019. 2021, 214:1, eff. Oct. 16, 2021; 215:1, eff. Aug. 17, 2021.