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Immunity for Good Faith Reporting

Reporting Animal Cruelty and Immunity

§ 4-11-17. Reports of animal cruelty or dog fighting by veterinarians or veterinary technicians; immunity from civil or criminal liability

(a) Notwithstanding Code Section 24-12-31 or any other provision of law to the contrary, any licensed veterinarian or veterinary technician having reasonable cause to believe that an animal has been subjected to animal cruelty in violation of Code Section 16-12-4 or an act prohibited under Code Section 16-12-37 may make or cause to be made a report of such violation to the Commissioner, his or her designee, an animal control officer, a law enforcement agency, or a prosecuting attorney and may appear and testify in any judicial or administrative proceeding concerning the care of an animal.

(b) Any person participating in the making of a report pursuant to this Code section or participating in any administrative or judicial proceeding pursuant to this article or Title 16 shall, in so doing, be immune from any civil or criminal liability that might otherwise be incurred or imposed, provided such participation pursuant to this Code section or any other law is made in good faith.


Laws 2000, p. 754, § 10; Laws 2008, Act 408, § 2-4, eff. May 6, 2008; Laws 2011, Act 52, § 3, eff. Jan. 1, 2013.