U.S. State Rankings for Animal Laws

New Mexico

2018 U.S. State Rankings for Animal Protection Laws

Overall Rank: #46 (Bottom Tier)
  • + Mandatory post-conviction forfeiture
  • - No felony neglect or abandonment provisions
  • - Inadequate definitions/standards of basic care
  • - No prohibition on sexual assault of animals
  • - No statutorily authorized post-conviction possession ban

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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 pre-conviction forfeiture of abused animals

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