Fido's emergency care getting legislative assist

3:07 PM, Jan 30, 2014   |    comments
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DENVER (AP) - Those cute videos showing firefighters giving oxygen to dogs and cats after a fire? The firefighters could be liable if something goes wrong.

A Colorado bill would protect emergency responders who try to give basic medical care to pets. The bill is headed to the full Senate after a committee gave it unanimous approval Thursday.

Veterinarians are technically the only people besides owners who are legally permitted to provide medical care to an animal. Veterinarians and emergency responders both endorse the bill to protect responders from legal liability if they try to assist dogs or cats.

The bill would not apply to large animals. And it would give emergency responders no obligation to treat pets.

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