U.S. State Rankings for Animal Laws


2019 U.S. State Rankings for Animal Protection Laws

Overall Rank: #3 (Top Tier)
  • + Veterinarians must report suspected animal cruelty, and have immunity for doing so
  • + Court may order pre-conviction forfeiture of cruelly treated animals
  • + Mandatory mental health evaluation/treatment for convicted offenders
  • - No court-calendar priority when animals are in custody
  • - Possession ban statute only includes "pet animal[s]" and is not mandatory for misdemeanor animal cruelty

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