When you’re out riding your bike or walking with your family in New Hampshire, the last thing you’re expecting to have to deal with is a stray dog. Most of the time, stray dogs are pets that have gotten off their leashes or out of their yards, and they’re more than likely friendly. Sometimes, though, the animals are scared or aggressive, and that can be dangerous for you and your loved ones.
New Hampshire has several laws about dogs and dog bites that you should know should you ever have to face this kind of situation. For instance, did you know that it’s not legal for a female dog that is in heat to be at large or off the premises of the owner’s land unless on a lead? This is not only to make sure the dog doesn’t breed accidentally, but also because female dogs in heat may become aggressive.
Female dogs in heat aren’t allowed to be used for hunting, for example, if they are prone to chasing, growling or snapping at people who aren’t on the owner’s premises. This is not only due to the risk for the dog to harm others, but also because she may be prone to fleeing and being at large.
Another thing to consider is the risk of rabies. If you’ve been bitten by a dog with no identification and it gets away, you may be faced with months of rabies treatments, which are both unpleasant and necessary. If you’re able to catch the dog or contact the owner and get the dog’s vaccination records, you may be able to avoid these shots. In the case that you can find the owner, you may be able to seek compensation for the pain and suffering the dog has caused you, as well.
Source: Animal Center, “Revised Statutes Annotated of the State of New Hampshire. Title XLV. Animals. Chapter 466. Dogs and Cats. Muzzing and Restraining Dogs. 466:31 Dogs a Menace, a Nuisance or Vicious.” accessed Mar. 23, 2015