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.
RHINELANDER - The first batch of showed up at Rhinelander Brewery Thursday. This moves Rhinelander a step closer to brewing beer here for the first time since the 1960s. Thursday the brewery got its brew kettle, six fermenters and a storage tank.
The brewery will have a ten tap system and wants five of the beers to be made in Rhinelander. The rest will come from a brewery in Monroe that currently brews its beer. "Really excited that it's coming to fruition and the people have been waiting a long time for us to be making beer here. We're going to make some small batch craft beer," said Rhinelander Brewery gift shop manager Brenda O' Rourke.
RHINELANDER - Eighth-grader Alexx Huff doesn't practice half-court shots much.
At the end of basketball practice, he's usually too tired to try and make 40-footers. But Huff had plenty of energy two weeks ago, when he stepped onto the court during halftime of a varsity basketball game in Rhinelander.
"I'm really nervous, I'm really shaky," Huff said, remembering the night. "There's a lot of people watching."
Huff was randomly selected to take part a shooting contest held during every game. The contest ends with a half-court shot.
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