MANDATORY REPORTING FOR VIRGIN ISLANDS VETERINARIANS

Escrito por AHA. Publicado en News in English.


A comprehensive rewriting of the U.S. Virgin Islands animal cruelty statutes in 2005 included a requirement for all veterinarians in St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John to report suspected animal abuse. Title 14, Chapter 7, Sec. 187 of the V.I. Code states, “It is the duty of any veterinarian licensed in the Virgin Islands to report to the Police Department, Department of Justice, Department of Agriculture, any police officer or other appropriate enforcement agency any animal found, reasonably known or believed to be abandoned, neglected or abused as set forth in this chapter, and such veterinarian is not subject to any civil or criminal liability for such reporting or for participating in an investigation of animal abuse or neglect, if done in good faith.”