West Virginia - Animal Abuse Resources for Veterinarians

Last updated June 2015

The material provided below is a periodically updated summary. Legal requirement may change at any time so it is imperative that you follow the links provided to the current law or statute relating to animal abuse reporting by veterinarians. The absence of specific legal requirements or protections relating to veterinarians should not be taken as an exemption from the responsibility to report abuse which may exist under other non-veterinarian-specific legislation, regulations or professional guidelines. [Back to Map].

Covered person: licensed veterinarian, any other person
Animal Abuse Reporting is: mandatory for veterinarians "It is the duty of any licensed veterinarian" (7-10-4a), right of any other person
Reportable Offenses: abandonment
neglected
cruelty
(7-10-4a)
Good Faith Reporting has: immunity
"may not be subject to any civil or criminal liability." (7-10-4a)
Report to: the county humane officer
(7-10-4a a, 7-10-1)
Sources: CHAPTER 7. COUNTY COMMISSIONS AND OFFICERS. ARTICLE 10. HUMANE OFFICERS. §7-10.