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ALERT UPDATE (11/30/17): AB522, WHICH WOULD ALLOW FIRST RESPONDERS TO GIVE FIRST AID TO PETS

 

NOV. 30 UPDATE: The Public Hearing went VERY well! We'd like to send out a huge THANK YOU to the many EMTs, law enforcement officers and other professionals and individuals who appeared to speak in favor. We may be asking you again for your help in contacting legislators soon, so please keep checking back!


 pawprint bullet point   AB 522 Full Bill Text    pawprint bullet point   SB 435 Full Bill Text   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   AB 522 Bill History   pawprint bullet point   SB 435 Bill History   pawprint bullet point   Talking Points   pawprint bullet point


 

Dachshund puppy     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.

     Its Senate counter part, SB 435, was introduced on October 9, and was referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety.

 pawprint bullet point   Assembly Committee on Health   pawprint bullet point

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     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."

     The 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.

Bill Summary:

     "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 beings.

     "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 animal."

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WHAT YOU CAN DO:

      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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Talking Points:

 

AUTHORS & CO SPONSORS

Sen. Carpenter Rep. Anderson Rep. Milroy
Sen. Cowles Rep. Ballweg Rep. Ohnstad
Sen. Erpenbach Rep. Berceau Rep. Pope
Sen. Marklein Rep. Bornand Rep. Quinn
Sen. Nass Rep. E. Brooks Rep. Sargent
Sen. Olsen Rep. Considine Rep. Sinicki
Sen. Riser Rep. Crowley Rep. Spreitzer
Sen. Vinehout Rep. Doyle Rep. Stuck
Sen. Wanggaard Rep. Gannon Rep. Subeck
  Rep. Jacque Rep. Tauchen
  Rep. Kitchens Rep. C. Taylor
  Rep. Kolste Rep. VanderMeer
  Rep. Kulp Rep. Wachs
  • When responding to an emergency call where both humans and animals may be injured, EMS personnel who arrive on the scene are currently legally unable to provide basic care to any animals that may also be injured.

  • AB 522/SB 435 would allow emergency medical technicians and first responders to provide certain medical services (such as bandaging, immobilizing a fracture, and administering oxygen) to an injured dog, cat, or other household pet at the scene of an emergency prior to transferring the animal to a veterinary care facility.

  • The bill will protect canine units and service animals which may be injured at the scene of an emergency as well as dogs and cats rescued from house fires, car accidents or other crisis situations.

  • This bill would not require that ambulance service providers and their employees provide first aid services to animals. It would merely give them the ability to do so should they feel comfortable.

  • The bill would provide clarity to first responders who might otherwise be unsure as to whether they may legally administer first aid to injured animals.

  • The bill would provide immunity for ambulance service providers, EMT’s, or first responders for any outcomes resulting from the rendering of first aid to an animal in good faith. It would also protect them should they opt NOT to treat animals at the scene of an emergency.

  • The bill will help veterinarians because the animals will be in better condition when brought to them for treatment.

  • The bill has bipartisan support in both houses of the Wisconsin State Legislature, 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.


 pawprint bullet point   AB 522 Full Bill Text    pawprint bullet point   SB 435 Full Bill Text   

 pawprint bullet point   AB 522 Bill History   pawprint bullet point   SB 435 Bill History   pawprint bullet point   Talking Points   pawprint bullet point

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