When dogs are not being properly supervised and restrained, they can often be thought of as animals that are "at large" under New Hampshire law. This becomes very important if someone is then attacked by the dog and injured as a result. Typically, any dog that is on its own, rather than contained behind a fence, an electric fence or on a leash, falls into this category.
One exception to this rule is when there is a reason for the dog not to be restrained. For example, some dogs are used for hunting birds or coyotes. These dogs may be off on their own, but they are not uncontrolled in the same fashion because of their training.
A dog could be considered a nuisance even if it does not attack. For example, it may simply snap at someone or it may bark for an hour without stopping. In cases like these, the authorities may be alerted that the dog is a potential hazard or that it is disrupting the peace, though the actions that the authorities take could be quite different than those that they would take after an assault.
The most important thing to remember is that the law makes it clear that owners need to keep their animals restrained and on the premises in some fashion in order to keep them from injuring any member of the public. If an owner failed to do this through willful negligence, he or she could be to blame for the attack.
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