Wisconsin is taking steps toward requiring veterinarians to report animal abuse to law enforcement or to a humane officer, with the effort being spearheaded by State Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison).
In the conclusion to a long-running court battle between a pet-owning couple and a Texas animal shelter, the Texas Supreme Court has ruled that pet owners cannot sue for non-economic damages.
Retired veterinarian Dr. Ronald Hines is challenging the state of Texas in court after the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners penalized him for dispensing veterinary advice online.
The Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (ASBVME) recently passed a motion that allows veterinary hospitals to skip an inspection by the ASBVME if they have already passed an evaluation by AAHA.
The Texas Senate recently unanimously passed legislation proposed by Sen. Kirk Watson to ban gas euthanasia for shelter pets. The legislation - Senate Bill 360 - is now under consideration by the Texas House of Representatives.
Broward County, the second most-populated county in Florida, added new bite to its laws aimed at protecting animals from abuse. Two major changes to the laws include the banning of cat hoarding and dog tethering.
A back-and-forth battle to determine whether people can sue for the sentimental value of their pets will finally get a definitive decision in the Texas Supreme Court in 2013.
A new Massachusetts law aimed at protecting pets from potentially dangerous domestic violence environments has been put to use for the first time.
California pet owners who wanted more transparency in pet food labeling were left disappointed on Election Day. California’s Proposition 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Modified Food Act, was defeated on election day.
Animal abuse reporting by veterinarians was the subject of national headlines in late October after an incident in Wisconsin where a woman allegedly killed her boyfriend’s dog. The dog had previously been treated for traumatic injuries at a veterinary hospital, raising questions about whether the earlier suspected abuse had been properly reported. With that story still circulating around the nation, NEWStat decided to explore the complexity of animal abuse reporting and find out what the AVMA is working on to address the issue.