NH considers abandoned pets at foreclosures

Feb 15, 2017

BY: CCNH-LFDA Highlights

On Wednesday, February 15 the House is scheduled to vote on HB 623, a bill that would make it a crime to leave a pet at a foreclosed property. 

The bill specifically states that if an animal is not removed when a sheriff arrives to carry out eviction procedures, the animal is considered abandoned. The animal would then be placed in the care of a shelter and the owner could be charged with a misdemeanor.

Bill supporters point out that pets are considered property under state law, and during a foreclosure personal property cannot be touched for seven days. This leaves pets in limbo during foreclosure if their owners are not able to find a new home.

Bill opponents argue that criminal charges are not the correct solution. Foreclosed homeowners instead need help to find shelter for themselves and their pets.

How do you think the state should address pets left behind during foreclosure? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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