Pennsylvania Law Protects Veterinarians From Lawsuits

The legislation will shield veterinarians from civil liability when they report suspected animal cruelty to authorities.
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A new Pennsylvania law shields veterinarians from civil liability when they report suspected animal cruelty to law enforcement authorities.

Initially introduced into the Pennsylvania State General Assembly by Representative Mark Keller in 2015, the latest reincarnation was included in HB 1238, which made sweeping changes to the state’s animal cruelty statutes.

Under the legislation any licensed veterinarian, certified veterinary technician, or veterinary assistant, “who reports in good faith and in the normal course of business, a suspected violation of (animal cruelty) to the proper authority shall not be liable for civil damages as a result of reporting the incident.”

Keller believes the law will eliminate veterinarians’ legal concerns about reporting suspected animal abuse and ultimately result in increased animal cruelty prosecutions

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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