The relationship between animal abuse and domestic violence or child abuse is discussed. The legal framework in Belgium regarding the obligation to report intrafamilial violence and extrafamilial child abuse is outlined, as well as legal options for interaction when dogs are used to intimidate victims. The legal obligations of veterinarians under the Animal Welfare Law of 14 August 1986 are also described. The process of reporting abuse cases is described, based on either reporting to local health services, provincial units for animal welfare, or the police.
|Publication Title||Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift|
|Author Address||Vakgroep Medische Beeldvorming, Faculteit Diergeneeskunde, UGent, Salisburylaan 133, B-9820 Merelbeke, Belgium. firstname.lastname@example.org|
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