U.S. State Rankings for Animal Laws

California

2018 U.S. State Rankings for Animal Protection Laws

A brief description of state data…

Overall Rank: Top Tier
  • + Mandatory possession bans after conviction
  • + Court must order restitution for costs of care after conviction
  • + Veterinarians must report suspected animal cruelty
  • - No mandatory mental health evaluation or treatment
  • - No felony provisions for abandonment or sexual assault of an animal

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Adequate definitions/standards of basic care
Increased penalties for repeat abusers and/or animal hoarders
Court may restrict ownership of animals after a conviction
Mandatory forfeiture of animals upon conviction
Courts may order forfeiture of abused animals

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