U.S. State Rankings for Animal Laws


2018 U.S. State Rankings for Animal Protection Laws

Overall Rank: #29 (Middle Tier)
  • + Has “Good Samaritan” law allowing civilians to rescue animals left unattended in cars
  • + Peace officers have a duty to enforce animal cruelty laws
  • - Felony-level animal cruelty laws only apply to select species
  • - No felony provisions for neglect, abandonment, or sexual assault of an animal
  • - Veterinarians are not required to report suspected animal abuse

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