U.S. State Rankings for Animal Laws

Massachusetts

2018 U.S. State Rankings for Animal Protection Laws

Overall Rank: #5 (Top Tier)
  • + Felony provisions for cruelty, neglect, fighting, abandonment, and sexual assault
  • + Mandatory post-conviction forfeiture
  • + Protection orders may include animals
  • - Care requirements are not well defined
  • - No statutorily authorized sentencing to mental health evaluation or treatment

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

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2018 Rank

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* Limited to select species

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