The full text can be found here.What the Bill Does:
Creates various degrees of animal abuse and neglect and makes aggravated abuse and neglect felonies.
Compels 21 categories of professionals to report suspected abuse and neglect (doctors, nurses, school employees, members of the clergy, attorneys, marriage and family therapists, photographers, employees of news media, firefighters, and more).
Allows animal care agencies to petition for termination of guardianship.
If a guardian is deemed unfit, he cannot possess any animal for at least 3 years and must repay costs associated with the care of the animal.
Creates \"animal abuser\" registry and requires notification of neighbors.
Bans procedures that disable or remove any part or organ, making commonly accepted elective procedures such as ear cropping, tail docking, dewclaw removal, and debarking illegal. Violators will be subject to fines and jail time.
Allows any guardian of an animal subjected to a violation to bring a civil lawsuit for actual and punitive damages of not less than $1000 per violation.
Requires motorists to immediately stop and render aid to any animal injured by the motorist, including all wild animals such as deer, opossums, raccoons, squirrels, and birds.
Makes individuals who cause the death of a person?s pet or companion animal intentionally or negligently liable for up to $10,000 in noneconomic damages if the death occurred on the owner or caretaker?s property or while under the control of the owner or caretaker. Noneconomic damages shall include compensation for the loss of companionship, love, and affection of the pet.