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State Animal Cruelty Laws

Laws relating to animals can vary widely from state to state. To enable you to find your state’s laws quickly and easily, the ASPCA has partnered with the Michigan State University College of Law’s Animal Legal & Historical Center to share its online database of animal-related laws, and their penalties, from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This database is updated and expanded on a regular basis.

Once you’ve selected your state from the drop-down menu HERE, a new webpage will open where you will find the state’s different categories of animal laws organized in a chart. Find animal cruelty laws by clicking on the link next to the box that says “Consolidated Cruelty Statutes.”


Click on each, hit your back button to return to this list:

The Few and the Proud, Prosecutors Who Vigorously Pursue Animal Cruelty Cases

ALDF 2010 State Animal Protection Laws Rankings

ALDF 2010 State Animal Protection Laws Rankings Map

Statutes Restricting Ownership of Animals 2010

Animal Cruelty Statutes by Code

Animal Cruelty Statutes by State

Current Legislative Issues

State Restorative Justice Laws

Animal Protection Ranking by State

Animal Cruelty Laws State-by-State

Animal Protection Laws of the United States of America & Canada: 2010

2009 State Rankings Report

2009  State Map

2010 Canadian Animal Protection Laws Rankings Map

If You See Cruelty On-Line

When You Witness Animal Cruelty, as offered by ALDF

Additional Resources



The Few and the Proud, Prosecutors Who Vigorously Pursue Animal Cruelty Cases

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ALDF 2010 State Animal Protection Laws Rankings

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ALDF 2010 State Animal Protection Laws Rankings Map

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Animal Cruelty Statutes by Code

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Statutes Restricting Ownership of Animals 2010

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Animal Cruelty Statutes by State

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Current Legislative Issues

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State Restorative Justice Laws

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Animal Protection Ranking by State

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ANIMAL CRUELTY LAWS STATE-BY-STATE
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Please note, this is a 4000-page pdf document that is not supported by a reader; as such, if you would like a particular state but do not want the entire document, please let me know.  Furthermore, by offering this document, I am required to provide the following information:

Animal Protection Laws Download, End-User Agreement

IMPORTANT — READ CAREFULLY: This End-User License Agreement (“EULA”) is a legal agreement between you (either an individual person or a single legal entity, who will be referred to in this EULA as “You” and “Your”) and Animal Legal Defense Fund (“ALDF”) for the software product that accompanies this EULA, including any associated media, printed materials and electronic documentation (the “Software”). By clicking the “I Accept” button or installing, copying, downloading, accessing or otherwise using the Software, You agree to be bound by the terms of this EULA. If You do not agree to the terms of this EULA, click the “I Do Not Accept” button, and do not install, access or use the Software.

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2009 State Animal Protection Laws Rankings & Map


2009 State Rankings Report

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2009 State Map

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2010 Canadian Animal Protection Laws Rankings Map

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Cruelty On-Line

When You Witness Animal Cruelty, as offered by ALDF

(As always, if you are witnessing animal cruelty occurring RIGHT NOW, call 911, do not hesitate.)

It can be disturbing–and heartbreaking–to witness an act of animal cruelty. Whether it be an acute act of violence or chronic neglect, find out what you can do when you witness animal cruelty.

How to help a neighbor’s neglected animal

It can be heartbreaking to see a neighbor’s animal suffering in a situation of neglect. Depending on the situation, there are various ways you can help the animal or animals involved. Read for more information.

What to do about substandard conditions at your local animal shelter

It is very disturbing when your local humane organizations are not addressing the needs of animals in your community in an effective and compassionate manner. Learn what should be expected from your local humane organizations.

What to do when you find animals in substandard conditions at a pet store

You go into a pet store to buy some delicious treats for your oh-so-adorable companion animal, only to find out that thestore is selling live animals and keeping them in appalling conditions. Learn what you can do.

What to do in cases where anti-cruelty laws have been broken

If you witness the abuse or neglect of an animal, please immediately file a complaint with your local law enforcement agency and insist that an investigation be completed. If charges have been filed, please contact ALDF and read this important information.

Why Prosecutors Don’t Prosecute

There are many reasons why a prosecutor may choose not to pursue criminal cruelty charges, even when it appears to us that the perpetrator is obviously guilty. Find out why, and what you can do to help ensure animal abusers are prosecuted.

Animal Fighting Facts

This comprehensive resource discusses the most common types of animal fighting, issues common to animal fighting cases, state and federal laws and prosecuting animal fighting crimes.

Animal Neglect Facts

Animal neglect is the failure to provide basic care required for an animal to thrive.  This document contains information about federal and state law, county/city ordinances, resources and case studies.

Animal Hoarding Facts

Hoarding is one of the most egregious forms of animal cruelty, affecting tens of thousands of animals – mostly cats and dogs – in communities nationwide. Find out how to spot it and what you can do to stop it.

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