Reporting Animal Abuse and Immunity from Civil Liability

Oklahoma law protects veterinarians from civil liability for reporting suspected animal abuse so long as the report is made in good faith.  More precisely veterinarians are required to report suspected animal abuse to authorities within 24 hours of “of any examination or treatment administered to any animal which the veterinarian reasonably suspects and believes has been abused.”  Okla. Stat. tit. 21, § 1680.3.

While other states have lagged behind in protecting veterinarians from civil liability, Oklahoma has had this immunity in place since 2006.

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