U.S. State Rankings for Animal Laws


2019 U.S. State Rankings for Animal Protection Laws

Overall Rank: #1 (Top Tier)
  • + Felony animal fighting provisions for all species, and animal fighting is a RICO offense
  • + Other agencies or departments have a duty to report suspected animal cruelty
  • + Protection orders may include animals
  • - Post-conviction forfeiture of animals is not mandatory
  • - No immunity for civilians rescuing animals from unattended vehicles

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