Tennessee Bills Would Allow Authorized Individuals Additional Time to Examine Livestock Involved in Alleged Criminal Offenses

Tennessee Senate Bill 1847 and House Bill 1938 would amend the state’s animal cruelty code to extend by 24 hours the window of time for probable cause examination of livestock who are the victim of an alleged criminal offense by certain authorized individuals before a licensed veterinarian not specialized in livestock may conduct the examination. The bills were referred respectively to the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Criminal Justice Committee.