Stop Owners From Shooting Pets

Target: Maggie Hassan, Governor of New Hampshire

Goal: Do not allow owners to shoot pets.

Many pets are killed inhumanely by their owners in New Hampshire. We need to take action to better ensure more of these animals will not be forced to endure horrific deaths.

Recent outrage and lobbying to try and implement a law that will not allow people to shoot their animals came after a man allegedly shot his dog several times and callously left it to suffer and die. While many people may shoot their animals because they are too sick or hurt to make an adequate recovery, there are no laws that prevent people from shooting a perfectly healthy pet. For example, the dog in the recent case—Bruno–who was reported to have been shot and killed by the owner because the dog bit the owner’s children. As in similar cases, a better solution would be to give the animal back to the shelter so it could be put down humanely if that is what needs to happen.

Another problem with allowing someone to euthanize an animal in this manner is that not all people who attempt to kill a pet by shooting it are skilled enough to put it down with one shot. When the animal does not immediately die, it suffers immensely before taking its final breath.

Demand legislation be set in place that would make it illegal for people to shoot their animals. While implementing such a law may not stop people from killing animals in this manner, it will likely make them think twice before making such a merciless decision.


Dear Governor Hassan,

As you know, pets can be legally shot in New Hampshire by their owners. It is important that animals are euthanized in a more humane manner to ensure that unnecessary suffering will not take place.

Because a dog named Bruno was reportedly shot by its owner for biting his children, many people support a law being implemented to make it illegal for owners to shoot their pets. Although there are many well intentioned people who will strictly shoot an animal only if it is severely sick or too hurt to recover, there are people like Bruno’s owner who will likely take advantage of such a liberty. If better laws had been set in place, he may have taken the dog back to the shelter so it could have been put down humanely.

Furthermore, not all people who try to kill an animal using this method are capable of killing it with one clean shot. When this is the case, the animal suffers immensely and unnecessarily until it finally dies.

I therefore strongly encourage you to propose legislation be set in place that would not allow owners to shoot their pets. Many more humane ways exist to euthanize an animal that is either sick or dangerous.


[Your Name Here]

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