STATEWIDE - A Wisconsin senator from Madison wants all veterinarians in the state to be required to report animal abuse.
Currently state law only requires veterinarians to report suspected animal fighting. This bill would provide civil immunity for good faith reporting of abuse. Some local vets think this is a great idea.
"Right now I think some veterinarians hold back because, what if it turns into a big legal battle? And then they're not going to get that recourse or that protection for reporting it. So that probably stops some people from reporting suspected animal abuse," said Dr. Alison French, a Rhinelander veterinarian.
But others say defnining animal abuse is not so easy. The law says providing the minimum of shelter, food and water is enough. Is neglecting to treat a dog for fleas abuse? What about a cat covered in ticks?
"There isn't enough said about what is abuse, and the gray areas involved in defining abuse. Most of the abuse I see in neglect," said Dr. Ray Goodroad, another veterinarian in Rhinelander, "Where it becomes neglect and where it becomes an adequate standard of care is the tough spot."
Right now 29 states require veterinarians to report animal abuse.
CRANDON - Terri Burl wanted to ask more questions than make comments during Congressman Sean Duffy's town hall in Crandon on Thursday.
"Everybody's in the state of the unknown right now," Burl said.
Burl, a Republican, was thinking of her 26-year-old son in Oshkosh as she asked Duffy (R-Wausau) about health care concerns. She worries about tax penalties for her uninsured son and the GOP's lack of solid ideas to replace the Affordable Care Act.
MERRILL - The Merrill Police Department need helping finding anyone involved in several acts of vandalism that happened earlier this week.
Brian Schwartz has lived in his home on River Street in Merrill for almost 10 years. His garage, his neighbor's garage, and the public service building down the street were vandalized. Schwartz reported the vandalism to police on Monday.
Schwartz says this is the first time anyone has vandalized his property.
MADISON - The Senate judiciary committee is set to vote on four bills that would impose tougher drunken driving penalties.
The Republican proposals would create a five-year minimum prison sentence for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and raise the minimum incarceration period for fifth and sixth offenses from six months to 18 months.
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