2017 Nebraska Revised Statutes
Chapter 28 - CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS
28-1017 Animal abandonment, cruel neglect, or cruel mistreatment; report required by certain employees; violation; penalty.
Animal abandonment, cruel neglect, or cruel mistreatment; report required by certain employees; violation; penalty.
(1) For purposes of this section:
(a) Reasonably suspects means a basis for reporting knowledge or a set of facts that would lead a person of ordinary care and prudence to believe and conscientiously entertain a strong suspicion that criminal activity is at hand or that a crime has been committed; and
(b) Employee means any employee of a governmental agency dealing with child or adult protective services, animal control, or animal abuse.
(2) Any employee, while acting in his or her professional capacity or within the scope of his or her employment, who observes or is involved in an incident which leads the employee to reasonably suspect that an animal has been abandoned, cruelly neglected, or cruelly mistreated shall report such to the entity or entities that investigate such reports in that jurisdiction.
(3) The report of an employee shall be made within two working days of acquiring the information concerning the animal by facsimile transmission of a written report presented in the form described in subsection (6) of this section or by telephone. When an immediate response is necessary to protect the health and safety of the animal or others, the report of an employee shall be made by telephone as soon as possible.
(4) Nothing in this section shall be construed to impose a duty to investigate observed or reasonably suspected animal abandonment, cruel neglect, or cruel mistreatment. Any person making a report under this section is immune from liability except for false statements of fact made with malicious intent.
(5) A report made by an employee pursuant to this section shall include:
(a) The reporter's name and title, business address, and telephone number;
(b) The name, if known, of the animal owner or custodian, whether a business or individual;
(c) A description of the animal or animals involved, person or persons involved, and location of the animal or animals and the premises; and
(d) The date, time, and a description of the observation or incident which led the reporter to reasonably suspect animal abandonment, cruel neglect, or cruel mistreatment and any other information the reporter believes may be relevant.
(6) A report made by an employee pursuant to this section may be made on preprinted forms prepared by the entity or entities that investigate reports of animal abandonment, cruel neglect, or cruel mistreatment in that jurisdiction. The form shall include space for the information required under subsection (5) of this section.
(7) When two or more employees jointly have observed or reasonably suspected animal abandonment, cruel neglect, or cruel mistreatment and there is agreement between or among them, a report may be made by one person by mutual agreement. Any such reporter who has knowledge that the person designated to report has failed to do so shall thereafter make the report.
(8) Any employee failing to report under this section shall be guilty of an infraction.
- Laws 2003, LB 273, § 1;
- Laws 2009, LB494, § 6.