U.S. State Rankings for Animal Laws


2018 U.S. State Rankings for Animal Protection Laws

Overall Rank: #50 (Bottom Tier)
  • + Has sentence enhancements for repeat animal abusers
  • - No prohibition of sexual assault of animals
  • - Felony animal cruelty and animal fighting only covers limited species
  • - Veterinarians prohibited from reporting suspected abuse
  • - No statutory provisions for post-conviction restitution or forfeiture, except in cases involving horses

Select Provisions

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 pre-conviction forfeiture of abused animals

2017 Rank


2018 Rank


* Limited to select species

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