U.S. State Rankings for Animal Laws

West Virginia

2019 U.S. State Rankings for Animal Protection Laws

Overall Rank: #18 (Middle Tier)
  • + Veterinarians must report suspected animal cruelty, and have immunity for doing so
  • + Mandatory post-conviction forfeiture and possession bans
  • - No prohibition on sexual assault of an animal
  • - Care requirements/standards are not well defined
  • - No felony provisions for abandonment or neglect of animals

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