Frankfort is seeing push for more animal welfare laws in Kentucky

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Multiple bills concerning animal welfare have been introduced in the Kentucky general assembly during the 2020 session in Frankfort.

Senate Bill 21 would allow veterinarians to report suspected animal abuse legally. Right now, veterinarians must keep all patient information confidential.

Another one of the bills, Senate Bill 140, would require the department of agriculture to provide animal control officers with continuing education on criminal and law enforcement procedures and investigatory practices.

The bill would require those officers to complete eight hours of annual in-service training on topics relevant to the work of an animal control officer.

Humane educator, Tracy Moser of the Bowling Green/Warren County Humane Society supports the bill.

The bill is sponsored by State Senator Mike Wilson and is currently in committee.