Florida Senate - 2020 CS for SB 1044 By the Committee on Judiciary; and Senators Pizzo, Stewart, Gruters, Perry, Harrell, Torres, Diaz, Albritton, Farmer, Flores, Powell, Cruz, Book, Hooper, Mayfield, Taddeo, Rodriguez, and Montford 590-03111-20 20201044c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to animal cruelty; providing a short 3 title; creating s. 828.124, F.S.; defining the term 4 “treatment provider”; providing immunity from criminal 5 and civil liability for certain persons and entities 6 who report animal cruelty; prohibiting the alteration 7 or destruction of certain records; providing criminal 8 penalties; providing an effective date. 9 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 12 Section 1. This act may be cited as “Allie’s Law.” 13 Section 2. Section 828.124, Florida Statutes, is created to 14 read: 15 828.124 Reporting animal cruelty; medical records.— 16 (1) As used in this section, the term “treatment provider” 17 includes any animal care facility, animal hospital, private 18 veterinary practice, animal shelter, veterinary school, 19 specialized veterinary hospital or any place dogs or cats are 20 seen for any kind of treatment. 21 (2) A treatment provider or an employee or volunteer of a 22 treatment provider who in the normal course of care of a dog or 23 cat knows or has reason to suspect animal cruelty as prohibited 24 in s. 828.12(1) shall be held harmless from either criminal or 25 civil liability for any decisions made in good faith to report 26 suspected cruelty to a local law enforcement agency or animal 27 control agency or to cooperate with any related investigation of 28 cruelty to animals. 29 (3) An employee or volunteer of a treatment provider who 30 knowingly alters or destroys an existing medical record for the 31 purpose of concealing or attempting to conceal cruelty to a dog 32 or cat commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as 33 provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. 34 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.