U.S. State Rankings for Animal Laws


2019 U.S. State Rankings for Animal Protection Laws

Overall Rank: #15 (Top Tier)
  • + Felony provisions for cruelty, neglect, abandonment, and fighting
  • + Legal mechanisms for pre-conviction restitution and forfeiture of cruelly treated animals
  • + Court may prohibit convicted animal offenders from owning or possessing animals
  • - Other agencies or departments are not required to report suspected animal cruelty
  • - No statutory authority to allow protective orders to include animals

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