Full Statute Name:  West's Louisiana Statutes Annotated. Louisiana Revised Statutes. Title 14. Criminal Law. Chapter 2. Miscellaneous Crimes and Offenses. Part V. Offenses Affecting Law Enforcement. § 403.6. Reporting of neglect or abuse of animals

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Primary Citation:  LSA-R.S. 14:403.6 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  June, 2021 Alternate Citation:  LA R.S. 14:403.6 Date Adopted:  2001 Historical: 
Summary: This Louisiana law states that any state or local law enforcement officer, or any employee of government or of a government contractor who in his professional capacity routinely investigates alleged abuse or neglect or sexual abuse of a child, or abuse or neglect of an adult, who becomes aware of evidence of neglect or abuse of an animal shall report such incident to the law enforcement authority of the governing authority in which the incident has occurred or the local animal welfare authority.

A. Any state or local law enforcement officer, or any employee of government or of a government contractor who in his professional capacity routinely investigates alleged abuse or neglect or sexual abuse of a child, or abuse or neglect of an adult under the provisions of R.S. 15:1507, who becomes aware of evidence of neglect or abuse of an animal shall report such incident to the law enforcement authority of the governing authority in which the incident has occurred or the local animal welfare authority. The name and identifying information regarding the reporter of animal maltreatment shall be confidential.

B. No person required to report under the provisions of Subsection A of this Section shall knowingly and willfully obstruct the procedures for receiving and investigating a report of abuse or neglect or shall disclose, without authorization, confidential information which was reported.

C. No person shall make a report required by this Section knowing that any information therein is false.

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Added by Acts 2001, No. 1136, § 1. Amended by Acts 2010, No. 861, § 6; Acts 2012, No. 811, § 4, eff. July 1, 2012.

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