HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO VETERINARIANS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Chapter 471, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding two new sections to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:
to liability; emergency care; veterinarian-client-patient relationship. (a) Any veterinarian duly licensed under this chapter
who, in good faith, without remuneration or expectation of remuneration,
renders emergency care to a sick or injured animal at large shall not be liable
to the owner of that animal for any civil damages resulting from the
veterinarian's acts or omissions, except for damages as may result from the veterinarian's
gross negligence or wanton acts or omissions.
(b) A veterinarian duly licensed under this
chapter may, in good faith, render necessary and prompt care and treatment to
an animal patient without establishing a veterinarian-client-patient relationship
if conditions do not allow the establishment of the relationship in a timely
manner. A veterinarian who renders
emergency treatment shall not be liable to the owner of the animal for any
civil damages resulting from the veterinarian's acts or omissions, except for
damages as may result from the veterinarian's gross negligence or wanton acts
(c) A veterinarian acting under this section
shall make an appropriate record including the basis for proceeding under this
§471- Reporting; duty; dogfighting; animal
cruelty; immunity from civil liability. (a) Whenever any veterinarian duly licensed under
this chapter has reasonable cause to believe that an animal has been injured or
killed through participation in a staged animal fight, as prescribed in section
711-1109.3 or 711-1109.35, it shall be the duty of the veterinarian to promptly
report the event to the appropriate law enforcement authorities of the county
where the event occurred.
(b) Whenever any veterinarian duly licensed under
this chapter has reasonable cause to believe an animal under the veterinarian's
care has been a victim of animal cruelty, as prescribed in section 711-1108.5
or 711-1109, it shall be the duty of the veterinarian to promptly report the event
to the appropriate law enforcement authorities of the county where the event
(c) No veterinarian duly licensed under this chapter shall incur any civil liability as a result of making any report pursuant to this section or as a result of making any report of a violation of section 711-1108.5, 711-1109, 711-1109.3, or 711‑1109.35."
SECTION 2. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.
SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Veterinarians; Good Samaritan Protection; Report; Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship; Dogfighting; Animal Abuse; Civil Liability Immunity
Provides veterinarians who provide emergency care to an animal immunity from civil liability in the absence of gross negligence. Provides veterinarians who render emergency treatment when there is no veterinarian-client-patient relationship immunity from civil liability in the absence of gross negligence. Requires veterinarians to report events of animal injury, death, or abuse to law enforcement where there is reasonable cause to believe that it relates to dogfighting or animal abuse and gives veterinarians immunity for civil liability for making the reports. (SD1)
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