In California, it’s illegal to treat an animal unless you’re a licensed veterinarian. Yet when first responders arrive at a home, they often need to rescue and care for animals. That’s why Jay Kerr, a veterinarian, has introduced California SB 1305, euphemistically known as the Mouth-to-Snout Resuscitation Pet Rescue Bill.
If enacted, the bill would allow first responders to administer such treatments as stabilizing a pet, maintaining an airway, controlling bleeding and immobilizing fractures. Hopefully this law would allow more first responders to save and help injured pets, although saving any animal seems logical without a bill to make it legal.