Added by St.2018, c.219, § 5, effective November 7, 2018
During any investigation or evaluation reported under section 5, any investigator designated by the commission, the general counsel, or a department within the executive office of health and human services, when acting in his or her professional capacity or within the scope of his or her employment, who has knowledge of or observes an animal whom he or she knows or reasonably suspects has been the victim of animal cruelty, abuse or neglect, may report the known or suspected animal cruelty, abuse or neglect to the entities that investigate reports of animal cruelty, abuse or neglect, as described in section 57 of chapter 22C, or any local animal control authority.
The report may be made within 2 working days of receiving the information concerning the animal, by facsimile transmission or a written report or by telephone. In cases where an immediate response may be necessary in order to protect the health and safety of the animal, the report should be made by telephone as soon as possible.
When 2 or more investigators are present and jointly have knowledge of known or reasonably suspected animal cruelty, abuse or neglect, and where there is agreement among them, a report may be made by 1 person by mutual agreement. Any reporter who has knowledge that the person designated to report has failed to do so may thereafter make the report.
No person making such report shall be liable in any civil or criminal action by reason of such report if it was made in good faith. Any applicable privilege that relates to confidential communications made to the commission shall not prohibit the filing of a report pursuant to this section.
Nothing in this section shall impose a duty on the commission to investigate known or reasonably suspected animal cruelty, abuse or neglect.
Nothing in this section shall prevent the commission from entering into an agreement, contract or memorandum of understanding with the entities that investigate reports of animal cruelty, abuse or neglect as described in section 57 of chapter 22C, to require such reports or to engage in training in identification and reporting of animal abuse, cruelty and neglect.
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