U.S. State Rankings for Animal Laws

Rhode Island

2019 U.S. State Rankings for Animal Protection Laws

Overall Rank: #5 (Top Tier)
  • + Mandatory post-conviction possession bans
  • + Veterinarians must report suspected animal cruelty, and have immunity for doing so
  • + Felony provisions for cruelty, neglect, abandonment, fighting, and sexual assault of animals
  • - Other agencies or departments are not required to report suspected animal cruelty
  • - Sexual assault of animals statute is poorly defined

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