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New Hampshire Service Animals/Penality [167-D:8 & 16-D:10]

TITLE XII: PUBLIC SAFETY AND WELFARE

CHAPTER 167-D SERVICE ANIMALS AND SEARCH AND RESCUE DOGS

Sectioin 167-D:8 Prohibited Acts. – 

I. It is unlawful for a person, directly or indirectly, either to prohibit, hinder, or interfere with a service animal's handler or trainer who otherwise complies with the limitations applicable to persons without disabilities. 
II. It is unlawful for any person to fit an animal with a collar, leash, vest, sign, or harness of the type which represents that the animal is a service animal, or service animal tag issued under RSA 466:8 or to request a service animal tag issued under RSA 466:8 if in fact said animal is not a service animal. 
III. It is unlawful for any person to willfully interfere or attempt to interfere with a service animal. 
IV. It is unlawful for any person to represent that such person has a disability or is a service animal trainer for the purpose of acquiring a service animal unless said person has a disability or is a service animal trainer and to impersonate, by word or action, a person with a disability for the purpose of receiving service dog accommodations or service animal accessories such as a collar, leash, vest, sign, harness, or service animal tag, which represents that the animal is a service animal or to acquire a service animal tag issued under RSA 466:8.

Source. 2011, 170:2. 2012, 211:2, eff. Aug. 12, 2012. 2014, 66:1, eff. Jan. 1, 2015.

Section 167-D:10 Penalty. – 

I. Any person violating any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to enhanced penalties in paragraphs II and III. 
II. It is a misdemeanor if a person willfully causes physical injury to a service animal or willfully allows his or her animal to cause physical injury to a service animal. If the physical injury to a service animal is severe enough that a veterinarian or service animal trainer determines that the service animal is incapable of returning to service, that person shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor. 
III. In any case where a person is convicted of harming a service animal as described in paragraph II, he or she may be ordered by the court to make restitution to the person or agency owning the animal for any bills for veterinary care, the replacement cost of the animal if it is incapable of returning to service, and the salary of the service animal handler or trainer for the period of time his or her services are lost to the agency or self employment.

Source. 2011, 170:2, eff. Jan. 1, 2012. 2014, 66:4, eff. Jan. 1, 2015.

Page updated: 5/7/19

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