AB 522, "Relating to: the
rendering of first aid to animals by emergency medical technicians or first
responders," was introduced into the WI State Assembly on September 29th,
2017. It was immediately referred to the
Assembly Committee on Health.
Senate counterpart, SB 435, was introduced on October 9, and was referred to
Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety. The
Committee held a well-attended public hearing, then unanimously voted the bill
on to the full Senate. Senate Substitute Amendment 1 was added (to incorporate
a terminology change as enacted in 2017 Wisconsin Act 12) and the bill was
passed by the Senate on 1/23/18.
went back to the Assembly floor, and Assembly Substitute Amendment 1 was added
to correspond with the bill as passed by the Senate. We are hoping that it will
be up for a vote again soon.
Substitute Amendment 1
Assembly Substitute Amendment 1
Essentially, AB 522/ SB 435
"allows an emergency medical technician or a first responder to render
first aid services to a sick or injured domestic animal that the emergency
medical technician or first responder encounters in the course of responding to
a call for services before the domestic animal is transferred to a veterinarian
for further treatment. ... The service provided to the domestic animal must be
in the scope of practice of the emergency medical technician or first responder
when applied to human beings."
bill has bipartisan support in both houses, with 26 Representatives and 9
Senators currently signed on as authors or sponsors. It is also supported by
the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, the Wisconsin Emergency Medical
Services Association, and the Humane Society of the United States, as well as
many WI rescue organizations and veterinarians.
"This bill allows an
emergency medical technician or a first responder to render first aid services
to a sick or injured domestic animal that the emergency medical technician or
first responder encounters in the course of responding to a call for services
before the domestic animal is transferred to a veterinarian for further
treatment. Under the bill, a domestic animal is a dog, cat, or other house pet.
The service provided to the domestic animal must be in the scope of practice of
the emergency medical technician or first responder when applied to human
"The bill provides civil and
criminal immunity for ambulance service providers, emergency medical
technicians, or first responders for any outcomes resulting from the rendering
of first aid to the domestic animal. The bill also provides civil and criminal
immunity for those persons for declining to render first aid to a domestic
Full Text of AB 522
WHAT YOU CAN
Please call or email your WISCONSIN state representatives (see link below to
find your WI
representatives ). Try to keep your message brief, and be sure to give your
name, address, and phone number. Let your representative know that you are a
constituent. Please, ALWAYS be polite and respectful. Name-calling, and rude or
abusive letters or emails will hurt, rather than help, our cause.
If they are listed among the
Authors and Cosponsors below, THANK them for
introducing this bill and let them know that you support it.
If your representatives are not
listed, please ask them to SUPPORT AB 522/
SB435, which would allow first responders to give first aid to injured pets in
the course of responding to a call for help for humans.
If you phone, that is all you
need to do.
If you want to give reasons for
your position, please see our Talking Points and
links for further information below!
Also, please post your
support on your Representative's and Senator's Facebook pages!
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What To Expect At A Public Hearing