Already Illegal to Hit-and-Run Against a Dog and Now Maybe a Cat in NH
This seems like a no-brainer. New Hampshire was a leader in promoting a law that made it illegal to hit a dog and not stop and notify either police or the owners according to foxnews.com. Why were cats left out of the original law? No one remembers sadly. The law against hit-and-run for dogs has been on the books for nearly 40 years. You could face a fine of $1,000 if you hit a dog and fail to notify either owners or police. As a little boy growing up in Brooklyn I witnessed someone run over my puppy(Opie) the driver did not stop I was 10.
After the tragic loss of his wife’s cat Arrow, Republican Rep. Daryl Abbas sponsored the bill. When Arrow was killed by a car, no one stopped. He decided to sponsor the bill to give cats and dogs equal footing under the law in her honor per the news outlet.
Some Great Cat Puns
Once the Bill was introduced, there were some great puns by legislators. Sen. David Watters said, “It’s a categorical imperative: You have to report.” Sen. Tom Sherman, D-Rye said “It’s a cataclysmic bill. To not pass this would be catastrophic,” according to foxnews.com. Personally, I can’t imagine hitting someone’s pet with my car and not stopping. It seems beyond cruel. I love my cat and would be devastated if she turned up lost and I found her hit by a car. I am really happy that cats and dogs are given equal rights under this new law and proud to be in a state that honors its animals so greatly.