[ SHOWGSD-L ] COLORADO: New law: Vets must report animal abuse

  • From: "Ginger Cleary" <cleary1414@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2007 20:32:09 -0400

 Ginger Cleary,Rome, GA  ww.rihadin.com
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  http://www.9news.com/rss/article.aspx?storyid=73031

        New law: Vets must report animal abuse

        DENVER ? A new Colorado law that went into effect on Sunday requires
veterinarians to report any case in which they suspect an animal is being
abused or involved in fighting.


        Diane Balkin, with the Denver District Attorney's office, says that
cruelty is defined by law as any act of mistreatment or neglect.

        The law does not apply to physical abuse alone, says Dr. Michelle
Smith, of the 29th Avenue Animal Hospital at Stapleton.

        "It can be neglect in the form of leaving a dog outside without
adequate shelter on a hot day, or not giving enough food or water," she
said.

        The law is patterned after child abuse laws where a medical doctor
is required to report child abuse.

        Some fear that the law will discourage people from taking their pets
to the vet for treatment, but Denver city leaders disagree.

        "The studies have indicated that individuals won't be deterred from
seeking veterinary care for fear the vet will report them. There are
certainly a host of people that won't go to the vet at all just like there
are people who will not go to the pediatrician or go to any type of medical
doctor," said Balkin.

        Only six other states have passed similar animal abuse prevention
laws. The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association has backed the law with
overwhelming support.




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