U.S. State Rankings for Animal Laws

District of Columbia

2018 U.S. Territory Rankings for Animal Protection Laws

Overall Rank: #1 (Top Tier)
  • + Wide range of care standards/requirements including food, water, shelter, care, and space, and standards are well-defined
  • + Other agencies or departments have a duty to report suspected animal cruelty
  • + Protection orders may include animals
  • - No prohibition of sexual assault of animals
  • - Veterinarians are not required to report suspected animal cruelty and do not have immunity for doing so

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