S. 943/H. 1716 An Act addressing investigations of reports of abuse and neglect
MSPCA Position: Support
Sponsors: Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz; Representative Kay Khan
Status: Referred to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary Virtual hearing scheduled for June 15, 2021. Reported out favorably 2/2/2022.
At the recommendation of PAWS II commission on animal cruelty reporting, this bill will remove timing restrictions in the statutes that allow employees and contractors of human services agencies to report suspected animal cruelty.
Currently, the timeframe for this reporting has been interpreted to apply only to the 10-day investigation period. This bill will ensure that suspected animal cruelty can be reported at any time the employee or contractor suspects it.