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Bill would require veterinarians to report all cases of animal abuse


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin veterinarians would have to report all cases of animal abuse to authorities, under a bill proposed by a Madison Democrat.

Senator Fred Risser says it’s a serious crime to mistreat animals, and veterinarians can help identify and prevent those incidents.

Under the current law, vets only have to report cases in which animals are suspected of fighting – and there’s no punishment don’t say anything. The new bill would require vets to report any abuse they suspect to either law enforcement or humane societies.

Risser says veterinarians would not have to worry about being sued for their actions, because they’d get civil immunity for good faith reporting.

He says 29 other states have similar laws. Risser is asking his colleagues to co-sponsor his legislation before he considers introducing it.