Laws & Cases
Animal Protection Laws of the United States of America and Canada
This is the must-have resource for lawyers, law professors, law students, legislators, other legal professionals, and anyone who wants the most comprehensive animal protection laws collection of its kind available.
Model Animal Protection Laws Collection
ALDF's Model Animal Protection Laws include definitions of terms, general prohibitions, defenses, pre- and post-conviction provisions, and other provisions.
Legal Advocates' Manual for Animal Abuse Criminal Cases
The Legal Advocates' Manual for Animal Abuse Criminal Cases was written to help attorneys and others become effective advocates for animals while working with their local prosecutors' offices.
U.S. Jurisdictions With and Without Felony Animal Cruelty Provisions
A current list of U.S. jurisdictions with and without felony animal cruelty provisions.
Veterinarian's Role in Reporting Animal Cruelty
Veterinarians play an integral role in the fight against animal cruelty. Download ALDF's quick reference guide for state by state information regarding veterinarians' duty to report suspected animal cruelty.
Solutions to Long-Term Cases in States Without Pre-Conviction Forfeiture Provision
Pre-conviction forfeiture is important so that the animal victims do not waste away in cages indefinitely but are instead allowed to be placed into loving homes.
Dealing with Aggressive Dogs: Community Solutions That Consider Each Dog, Not Their Breed
Addressing the issue of aggressive dogs in a non-breed-specific fashion, focusing on the behavior of individual dogs, not on their breed.
Why Prosecutors Don't Prosecute
There are many reasons why a prosecutor may choose not to pursue criminal cruelty charges, even when it appears to us that the perpetrator is obviously guilty. Find out why, and what you can do to help ensure animal abusers are prosecuted.
Charging Considerations in Criminal Animal Abuse Cases
The expertise seasoned prosecutors bring to the charging process reflects the complexities which often determine the possibility of going forward with a criminal prosecution.
Animal Fighting Facts
This comprehensive resource discusses the most common types of animal fighting, issues common to animal fighting cases, state and federal laws and prosecuting animal fighting crimes.
Animal Fighting Case Study: Michael Vick
Animal fighting has been brought to the forefront of the nation's attention by the highly publicized conviction of NFL star quarterback Michael Vick and three of his associates on federal and state charges related to illegal dogfighting.
Animal Neglect Facts
Animal neglect is the failure to provide basic care required for an animal to thrive. This document contains information about federal and state law, county/city ordinances, resources and case studies.
Animal Fighting Case Study: Craig Boyd
The case of dogfighter Craig Boyd illustrates how failing to prosecute operators aggressively, issuing lenient sentences for the convicted, and completely ignoring accessories to the crime impede efforts to stop animal fighting and all its cruelty.
Animal Hoarding Facts
Hoarding is one of the most egregious forms of animal cruelty, affecting tens of thousands of animals – mostly cats and dogs – in communities nationwide. Find out how to spot it and what you can do to stop it.
Animal Hoarding Case Study: Vikki Kittles
Vikki Rene Kittles, also known as Susan Dietrich, Rene Depenbrock, and Lynn Zellan, has a history of animal hoarding that goes back decades and spans the United States from the Southeast to the Northwest.
Oregon's Felony Animal Cruelty Law - The "Kittles Bill"
In 1995, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and animal advocates in Oregon made tremendous improvements in the state's criminal anti-cruelty laws when they seized an opportunity presented by the confluence of two events.
Confronting Animal Neglect - An ALDF Report on Current Law and Future Possibilities
The Animal Legal Defense Fund has issued an all-new report reviewing the status of the laws of each state in the country by chronicling both their statutes and caselaw as they relate to animal neglect.
The Crime of Bestiality/Zoophilia: Sexual Assault of an Animal
Taboo as a subject to be sure, sexual crimes against animals are not exceptional, isolated incidents. Find out which states have no direct prohibitions against the sexual assault of an animal and examples of past cases.
2012 Canadian Animal Protection Laws Rankings™
This study by the Animal Legal Defense Fund underscores the often-considerable differences that exist between the animal protection laws of the provinces and territories.
Requesting an ALDF Amicus Curiae Brief
For those interested in having ALDF file an amicus curiae ("friend-of-the-court") brief, please fill out this form.
Encourage Kentucky to Enforce Their "Humane Shelter Law"
Despite passage of the "Humane Shelter Law," many Kentucky counties are treating the animals in their care with reckless disregard for the suffering that they are causing.