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April 3, 2002
Introduced by Senators Waldrep, McConnell, Leventis, Hawkins, Hutto, Thomas, Giese and Pinckney
S. Printed 4/3/02--H.
Read the first time February 12, 2002.
To whom was referred a Bill (S. 191) to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Section 47-1-75 so as to provide immunity from civil and criminal liability to a person, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:
CHARLES R. SHARPE for Committee.
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 47-1-75 SO AS TO PROVIDE IMMUNITY FROM CIVIL AND CRIMINAL LIABILITY TO A PERSON ACTING IN GOOD FAITH AND WITHOUT COMPENSATION WHO RENDERS EMERGENCY CARE TO AN ANIMAL THAT IS ABANDONED, ILL, OR INJURED.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 47-1-75. Any person, including a person licensed to practice veterinary medicine, or an animal control officer or agent of the South Carolina Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or any society incorporated for that purpose, who in good faith and without compensation for services provided, acting without malice, recklessness, or gross negligence, renders emergency care or treatment to a domestic animal which is abandoned, ill, injured, or in distress related to an accident or disaster shall not be liable or subject to any civil or criminal liability for any injuries or harm to such animal resulting from the rendering of such care or treatment, or any act or failure to act to provide or arrange for further medical treatment or care for such animal."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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