15.14.15.03

.03 Reporting Procedure.

A. A veterinarian should do the following, if a case of suspected animal cruelty is presented:

(1) Note the condition of the animal upon presentation in the animal's treatment record;

(2) Note the basis for suspecting cruelty in the animal's treatment record; and

(3) Promptly report the suspected instance of cruelty, including animal fighting, to the appropriate local law enforcement or county animal control agency.

B. The Board shall maintain a list of the appropriate law enforcement or county animal control agencies that veterinarians may contact for reporting purposes.

C. A veterinarian who reports, in good faith, a suspected incident of animal cruelty is immune from any civil liability that results from this report, in accordance with Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article, §5-424, Annotated Code of Maryland.