Introduced by Representatives Kilmartin of Newport City and Marcotte of Coventry
Subject: Crimes; humane and proper treatment of animals; service animals
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to prohibit a person from wilfully and maliciously taunting, tormenting, teasing, beating, striking, or administering any desensitizing drugs, chemicals, or substance to a service animal. It also prohibits a person from interfering with any service animal in the course of the performance of its duties or training as a service animal. A service animal includes: 1) an animal that a person who has an impairment or disability relies upon for navigation, for assistance in performing daily activities, or as an alert signal regarding the onset of a person’s medical condition; or 2) an animal used by law enforcement, fire departments, or other federal, state, or local officials in an official capacity for law enforcement purposes, investigation of fires, or search and rescue. The bill also permits an impaired or disabled user or the owner of a service animal to bring an action for economic damages against a person who violates the provisions of this act.
AN ACT RELATING TO HUMANE AND PROPER TREATMENT OF SERVICE ANIMALS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
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The Vermont General Assembly
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