Bill Summaries: H803 (2021)

  • Summary date: May 3 2021 - View summary

    Requires the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) to study veterinary malpractice in North Carolina, including examining (1) current legal barriers in the state to recovery for pet owners from persons who commit negligent or intentional acts leading to the death or injury of the pet, (2) limitations on damages in the context of pets adopted from an animal shelter or other animal rescue organization offering adoption of animals, (3) the approaches to liability for pet death or permanent injury in other states that recognize the significant role pets play in the health and emotional well-being of many state citizens, (4) effectiveness of current facility and occupational licensing and professional discipline schemes for providers of veterinary medical care in addressing negligence in the provision of veterinary medical care to pets, and (5) any other matters the LRC deems relevant. Requires a report to the 2022 Regular Session of the 2021 General Assembly upon its convening.