House amendment makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.
Amends GS 67-37 to require investigation of the reported incident within 24 hours instead of 48 hours. Allows, instead of requires, the law enforcement agency to make a written report summarizing the incident and describing the injury.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.
Amends GS 67-37 as follows. Adds that when an incident occurs in a city or town and there is no police department in that city or town, the sheriff's department or any county policy department for that county is the appropriate law enforcement agency for notification of an injury caused by an animal. Adds the requirement that any report of a domestic or wild animal bite received by a law enforcement agency be immediately forwarded to the Local Health Director for appropriate rabies control measures. Makes organizational changes to the statute.
Summary date: Apr 1 2015 - View summary
Enacts new GS 67-37 allowing a person who has suffered a bite, scratch, or other injury directly inflicted by a domestic animal not owned by the person or by a wild animal may notify the appropriate law enforcement agency that such an incident has occurred. Requires a law enforcement agency receiving such a notification to investigate the incident within 24 hours of receiving the notification and make a written report which may be used in any manner as evidence, or for any other purpose, in any civil or criminal trial. Applies to incidents occurring on or after October 1, 2015.