dog

2018 U.S. Animal Protection Laws State Rankings

Laws in favor of veterinary reporting of animal cruelty

Select an animal law category to view 2018 trends:

2018 Trend Report: Acts against leaving dogs locked in hot cars

Laws in favor of veterinary reporting of animal cruelty

It is crucial that the law empower veterinarians to report suspected animal cruelty when they encounter signs of abuse in their practice. Not only are veterinarians often the only witnesses to animal abuse, but they are uniquely qualified to identify the signs of cruelty.

dog

As of 2018, 17 states require veterinarians to report suspected animal cruelty, and most of those states also grant civil immunity to veterinarians who report. Thirty-two states, either explicitly or implicitly, permit veterinarians to report suspected animal cruelty. Only one state—Kentucky—actually prohibits veterinarians from reporting suspected abuse.

You Can Protect Animals

Since 1979, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has led the charge to win animals the legal protection they so desperately need—and deserve. Your generous gift will assure that we can continue to take on cases that advance the interests of animals.

Donate