U.S. State Rankings for Animal Laws


2019 U.S. State Rankings for Animal Protection Laws

Overall Rank: #11 (Top Tier)
  • + Sexual assault statute is adequately defined, addressed related crimes, and is a sex offense
  • + Sentence enhancements for repeat animal abusers and cases involving multiple animals
  • + Court may order pre-conviction forfeiture of cruelly treated animals
  • - Other agencies or departments are not required to report suspected animal cruelty
  • - No immunity for law enforcement or civilians rescuing animals from unattended vehicles

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