U.S. State Rankings for Animal Laws

Virginia

2018 U.S. State Rankings for Animal Protection Laws

Overall Rank: #14 (Top Tier)
  • + Wide range of care standards/requirements including food, water, shelter, care, and space, which are well-defined
  • + Veterinarians must report suspected animal cruelty, and have immunity for doing so
  • + Court may order pre-conviction forfeiture of cruelly treated animals
  • - No statutory authorization for post-conviction forfeiture of most species
  • - No felony provisions for abandonment of animals

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