U.S. State Rankings for Animal Laws

South Dakota

2019 U.S. State Rankings for Animal Protection Laws

Overall Rank: #33 (Middle Tier)
  • + Wide range of care standards/requirements including food, water, shelter, care, and space
  • + Sexual assault statute is adequately defined, addressed related crimes, and is a sex offense
  • - No felony provisions for neglect or abandonment
  • - Veterinarians are not required to report suspected animal cruelty
  • - No provisions for pre-conviction forfeiture

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