2001 – Protections for Veterinarians and Reporting of Animal Abuse

This statute protects veterinarians from civil or criminal liability when they alert authorities to an animal they suspect has been inhumanely treated. The fear of being sued or of breaking client-doctor confidentiality may cause some veterinarians to hesitate to report the problem. The good Samaritan law is intended to encourage practitioner reporting by granting legal protections when, for good reason, veterinarians breach client confidentiality to report abuse. Read this law in full.

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