Majority favor dog licensing - 189 participants

Jan 28, 2016

Rep. Robert Hull has sponsored HB 1576, a bill that would repeal the $7 annual license for dogs that is shared between municipalities and the state. Read more about this issue. On January 28, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH repeal dog licensing?”

“Should NH repeal dog licensing?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Dog Licensing Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 189 participants gave 772 responses

A total of 95% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 5% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 772 responses from 189 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: A majority, at 57% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of repealing dog licensing.

  • "Dogs shouldn't be registered for the same reason guns or books shouldn't be registered. The government has no business knowing what guns, books, or pets I own.”
  • “It is theft under the guise of preventing rabies. Ask your town clerk if you do not believe me. It does not prevent anything and allows the town to rob you.”
  • “Yes, this would increase freedom and personal responsibility.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 43%, opposed NH repealing dog licensing.

  • “No, because it keeps a record of responsible dog owners who take proper care of their pet.”
  • “Dog owners can pay this small fee to help with the spay/neuter program in the state.”
  • “It is a legal mechanism to promote appropriate vaccination, stewardship, and one legal method for separating the responsible from the irresponsible.”

Other: As noted above, 5% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Discussing the logic changes to current dog licensing policy: “Rabies shots are good for 3 years—why not make the license good for 3 years?”
  • Debating the merit of dog licensing: “How does it help improve the quality of life for our pets?”
  • Expressing concern with how dog licensing fees are applied: “I'd rather see dog licensing go more towards a low cost microchip program.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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