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Laws in favor of court-ordered psych evaluations

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Laws in favor of court-ordered psych evaluations

Court-ordered treatment is an effective way to address the roots of animal cruelty and provide sustainable solutions and rehabilitation for convicted offenders. Such treatment will often entail a psychological evaluation and, if deemed necessary, further counseling. Treatment may also take the form of anger management or educational courses.

As of 2019, 16 states statutorily authorize the court in its discretion to order psychological evaluation and, if necessary, treatment for convicted animal abusers. An additional 19 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands require psychological evaluation/treatment for certain convicted animal abusers. However almost every one of those 19 states limits its mandatory counseling statute to certain abusers—typically people who committed torture or sexual assault of an animal, or those who were a juvenile at the time of the offense.

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