A Wisconsin state lawmaker is seeking co-sponsorship for a bill that would require veterinarians to report all cases of animal abuse to law enforcement or humane society officers.
Sen. Fred Risser is a Democrat from Madison. He says mistreating animals is a serious crime and veterinarians can help better identify and prevent it.
Current state law only requires veterinarians to report abuses when an animal is suspected to have been engaged in animal fighting.
The law won't punish them if they failed to report.
The bill would provide veterinarians with civil immunity for good faith reporting of abuses.
Risser says 29 states have such laws in place.
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