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15.14.15.00.htm 15.14.15.00. Title 15 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Subtitle 14 BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICAL EXAMINERS Chapter 15 Required Animal Cruelty Reporting Authority: Agriculture Article, §2-103, 2-304, 2-310, and 2-313.1, Annotated Code of Maryland
15.14.15.01.htm 15.14.15.01. 01 Purpose.. The purpose of this chapter is to explain when a treating veterinarian is required to report animal cruelty to the appropriate law enforcement or local animal control agency. This chapter also explains the requirements for reporting and confidentiality.
15.14.15.02.htm 15.14.15.02. 02 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1)Animal" means a living creature except a human being that is privately owned, strays, domesticated, feral, farm animals, corporately or institutionally owned, or used in privately, locally, State, or federally funded activities.2) "Animal cruelty" means:. a) Overdriving, overloading, torturing, tormenting, or cruelly beating an animal, depriving an anima
15.14.15.03.htm 15.14.15.03. 03 Reporting Requirements.. A. A treating veterinarian who has reason to believe that any animal treated has been subjected to animal cruelty shall promptly report the suspected instance of cruelty to the appropriate law enforcement agency in a timely manner.B. The report shall include:. 1) The name, age, and location of the animal;. 2) The name and home address of the owners or custodian of the animal;. 3)The nature and extent of the suspected animal cruelty, including any evid
15.14.15.04.htm 15.14.15.04. 04 Confidentiality.. A. Except as provided in this regulation, the following records are confidential and may not be released:1) Records and reports, including the information provided in the records and reports, filed by a veterinarian under this chapter; and2) The veterinarian’s identity.. B. The unauthorized disclosure of any record or report including any information provided in the record or report or the disclosure of the identity of the veterinarian who fil
15.14.15.05.htm 15.14.15.05. 05 Disciplinary Action Against a Veterinarian.. If a veterinarian fails to comply with the reporting requirements of this chapter, the Board may suspend or revoke a veterinarian’s license, censure or place the veterinarian on probation.
15.14.15.9999.htm 15.14.15.9999. Administrative History Effective date: February 17, 2003 (30:3 Md. R. 181). Regulations .01―03 repealed and new Regulations .01―05 adopted effective December 31, 2018 (45:26 Md. R. 1249)
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