Colorado Makes Vets Report Animal Abuse

A new Colorado law, effective July 8, requires veterinarians to report any case in which they suspect animal abuse.

Posted: July 17, 2007, 5 a.m. EDT

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The ASPCA praised a new Colorado law, which requires vets to report cases in which they suspect animal abuse and neglect.
The state of Colorado recently passed legislation requiring veterinarians to report suspected cases of animal abuse, states the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The ASPCA praised the new Colorado law, which also requires vets to report cases in which they suspect animal neglect.

“We are extremely gratified that Colorado has passed this important legislation,” said Ed Sayres, ASPCA president and CEO. “We believe that staying vigilant in reporting signs of animal cruelty in our communities is one of the most successful means of preventing it. It is our hope that other states will follow Colorado’s example and establish similar legislation.”

Colorado legislators modeled the new law after similar legislation requiring medical doctors to report signs of potential child abuse or neglect. Eleven other states have passed similar animal abuse prevention laws.

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CBC.INFO    Hemet, CA

8/26/2008 4:07:00 PM


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Shawna    Anchorage, AK

7/18/2007 12:05:05 AM

I'm glad that the vets are required to do that now.

Sue    Udall, KS

7/17/2007 7:42:29 PM

My first reaction was "it's wonderful", then, but if people know they will be turned in will they take the animal in at all? Then, if a person is abusing or neglecting an animal I can't really see them getting medical care for that same animal. I do pray that it helps.

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