The Animal Protection Amendment of 2007 is currently being reviewed by the DC City Council. It contains a wide range of animal-related legislation, among others.
Highlights of the significant items in this amendment:
- Establishes economic and non-economic damages for vet malpractice
- Establishes liability for economic and non-economic damages for the death of a companion animal
- Mandatory spay/neuter of dogs and cats over 6 months
- Requires reporting of animal cruelty by law enforcement officers
- Makes it a felony to be a spectator at an animal fight, and sets standards for kennels and catteries
More information about the Animal Protection Amendment Act of 2007 after the jump.
Allow courts to order counseling, treatment, community service, or forfeiture of the right to possess animals in cases of animal cruelty; requires reporting of animal cruelty by law enforcement officers; makes it a felony to be a spectator at an animal fight; mandatory spay/neuter of dogs and cats over 6 months; requires permits for breeding; defines dangerous dog, sets out procedure for determining that a dog is a â€œdangerous dogâ€, and sets out requirements for owners of dangerous dogs; requires licensing of veterinarians; establishes economic and noneconomic damages for vet malpractice; requires cross reporting by humane officers and law enforcement officers; prohibits pound seizure; requires immunization of guard dogs; prohibits debarking; requires owners of guard dogs to have liability insurance; sets out humane standards for guard dogs; sets standards for kennels and catteries; sets standards for animals kept in classrooms; allows nonprofits to sue to enjoin animal cruelty; establishes liability for economic and noneconomic damages for the death of a companion animal; requires the inclusion of domestic animals in a disaster plan.
A petition has also been established in support of one of the elements in this bill. Read a petition regarding the Animal Protection Amendment Act of 2007.