Full Statute Name:  West's Annotated Code of West Virginia. Chapter 9. Human Services. Article 6. Social Services for Adults; Chapter 48. Domestic Relations. Article 27. Prevention and Treatment of Domestic Violence. Part 7. Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence; and Chapter 49. West Virginia Child Welfare Act. Article 2. State Responsibilities for Children. Part VIII. Reports of Children Suspected of Abuse

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Primary Citation:  W. Va. Code, § 9-6-9a, W. Va. Code, § 48-27-702, W. Va. Code, § 49-2-806 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  March, 2017 Alternate Citation:  WV ST § 9-6-9a, WV ST § 48-27-702, WV ST § 49-2-806
Summary:

These West Virginia statutes require that an adult protective services worker, a child protective services worker, or a law enforcement officer who responds to an alleged domestic violence incident, who form a reasonable suspicion that an animal is the victim of cruelty, shall report their suspicion to the county humane society within twenty-four hours.

Statute Text: 

West's Annotated Code of West Virginia. Chapter 9. Human Services. Article 6. Social Services for Adults

§ 9-6-9a. Mandatory reporting suspected of animal cruelty by adult protective service workers

In the event an adult protective service worker, in response to a report mandated by section nine of this article, forms a reasonable suspicion that an animal is the victim of cruel or inhumane treatment, he or she shall report the suspicion and the basis therefor to the county humane officer provided under section one, article ten, chapter seven of this code within twenty-four hours of the response to the report.

Credits
Acts 2006, c. 29, eff. 90 days after March 8, 2006.

 

Chapter 48. Domestic Relations. Article 27. Prevention and Treatment of Domestic Violence. Part 7. Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence

§ 48-27-702. Law-enforcement officers to provide information, transportation and to report suspicions of animal cruelty

(a) Any law-enforcement officer responding to an alleged incident of domestic violence shall inform the parties of the availability of the possible remedies provided by this article and the possible applicability of the criminal laws of this state. Any law-enforcement officer investigating an alleged incident of domestic violence shall advise the victim of such violence of the availability of the family protection shelter to which such person may be admitted.

(b) If there is reasonable cause to believe that a person is a victim of domestic violence or is likely to be a victim of domestic violence, a law-enforcement officer responding to an alleged incident of domestic violence shall, in addition to providing the information required in subsection (a) of this section, provide transportation for or facilitate transportation of the victim, upon the request of such victim, to a shelter or an appropriate court.

(c) Whenever a law-enforcement officer, pursuant to a response to an alleged incident of domestic violence, forms a reasonable suspicion that an animal is a victim of cruel or inhumane treatment, he or she shall report the suspicion and the grounds therefor to the county humane officer within twenty-four hours of the response to the alleged incident of domestic violence.

Credits
Acts 2001, c. 91, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2006, c. 29, eff. 90 days after March 8, 2006.

 

Chapter 49. West Virginia Child Welfare Act. Article 2. State Responsibilities for Children. Part VIII. Reports of Children Suspected of Abuse

§ 49-2-806. Mandatory reporting of suspected animal cruelty by child protective service workers

In the event a child protective service worker, in response to a report mandated by section eight hundred two and eight hundred three of this article, forms a reasonable suspicion that an animal is the victim of cruel or inhumane treatment, he or she shall report the suspicion and the basis therefor to the county humane officer provided under section one, article ten, chapter seven of this code within twenty-four hours of the response to the report.

Credits
Acts 2015, c. 46, eff. May 17, 2015.

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