A new law went into effect on September 15th in the state of New Jersey. Besty’s Law is the result of an 8 year struggle by a woman named Madeleine Kayser after she lost her beloved dog Betsy, a 16 month old Rottweiler, who died overnight at a veterinarian’s office after undergoing routine eye surgery. Poor Betsy hanged herself on an unbreakable collar while left unattended during the night.
Kayser was told by the vet that her dog would need overnight supervision so that she wouldn’t paw at her sutures. Kayser assumed that the clinic would be staffed overnight, which it was not. Betsy’s Law now requires all veterinarians and animal hospitals in the state to post signs clearly indicating that they do not have overnight supervision.
After Betsy’s death in 2007, Kayser began researching the issue and found out that 90% of vet offices and animal hospitals in New Jersey did not have 24 hour care. This new law is seen as a way for pet owners to be more informed about their pets’ care. New Jersey veterinarians are also supportive of the law. One vet reported that he would have clients sign a document saying that they understand that his facility is not staffed overnight.
To learn more about Betsy’s story and the new law, click HERE.
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