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Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Animal Cruelty

Mandated Reporting of Suspected Animal Cruelty

 

In accordance with the PAWS Act

 

When to report:  Anytime you suspect possible animal cruelty

Who to report to:  

1.  Your local police department or the police department in which the suspected cruelty took place.

2.  A special officer (the MSCPCA or ARL)

How to report:  

Call the police or a special officer

In addition to a verbal report, you may file a written report

 

Massachusetts Mandated Reporting Form

 

Additional resources:

 

Animal Cruelty Manual

 

MVMA strongly encourages veterinarians to establish a relationship with the ACO in your community.  

 

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