U.S. State Rankings for Animal Laws


2019 U.S. State Rankings for Animal Protection Laws

Overall Rank: #23 (Middle Tier)
  • + Wide range of care standards/requirements including food, water, shelter, care, and space, which are well-defined
  • + Court may order pre-conviction forfeiture of cruelly treated animals
  • - No felony provisions for neglect, abandonment, or sexual assault of an animal
  • - Other agencies or departments are not required to report suspected animal cruelty
  • - No mandatory post-conviction forfeiture or possession bans

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