U.S. State Rankings for Animal Laws


2019 U.S. State Rankings for Animal Protection Laws

Overall Rank: #21 (Middle Tier)
  • + Felony provisions for cruelty, neglect, abandonment, and fighting
  • + Veterinarians must report suspected animal cruelty, and have immunity for doing so
  • - No statutory authority to allow protective orders to include animals
  • - Neglect laws do not include requirements for shelter, veterinary care, etc.
  • - No statutorily authorized sentencing to mental health evaluation or treatment

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