U.S. State Rankings for Animal Laws

Washington

2018 U.S. State Rankings for Animal Protection Laws

Overall Rank: #9 (Top Tier)
  • + Wide range of care standards/requirements including food, water, shelter, care, and space, which are well-defined
  • + Mandatory post-conviction possession ban
  • + Court may require convicted offenders to undergo mental health evaluation/treatment or educational classes
  • - Veterinarians are not required to report suspected animal cruelty, and do not have immunity for doing so
  • - Definition of “animal” is limited

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