Legislation Would Require Veterinarians to Report Animal Abuse
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/01/2013
Veterinarians may soon be legally obligated to report cases of animal abuse to law enforcement if they observe such activity. State Sen. Fred Risser says current state law only requires that veterinarians report abuse when an animal is suspected to have been involved in animal fighting. But he is proposing legislation
that would revise that statute.
"It is not enough to report the abuse of an animal only if that animal is suspected to have been used in a fight," Risser said. "My bill builds upon current state statute to address all animal abuse because all animal abuse is a serious matter."
Specifically, Sen. Risser's bill would make veterinarians immune from civil liability for filing such a report under a good faith reporting clause.
The Madison Democrat says 29 other states address veterinary reporting of animal abuse and feels Wisconsin should be no different.
He is currently circulated the proposal and seeking co-sponsors for the legislation.