Many states are now adopting laws and legislation to protect our furred companions from cruelties they are far too often subjected to.

It’s up to us to let our legislators know we want these important pieces of legislation to take effect! Here are a few coming up. Please click on the link provided and you can even send a letter to your state contact thru the American Humane Association website!  Be proactive!

Nebraska Residents Help protect animals from abandonment

The Nebraska Legislature is considering a bill that would provide felony penalties for injury or death of a companion animal caused by abandonment. Ask your state senator to support this bill and help protect animals. (read the full issue here)

Texas Residents – Help protect Texas’ pets from domestic abuse

The Texas House of Representatives is considering a bill that would allow pets to be included in protective orders. Help address a serious human and animal welfare issue by asking your representative to support this bill! (read the full issue here)

Wisconsin ResidentsHelp protect Wisconsin’s pets from domestic abuse

The Wisconsin Senate is considering a bill that would allow pets to be included in domestic abuse restraining orders. Contact your senator and help us address a serious human and animal welfare issue! (read the full issue here)

Where does your state stand on animal cruelty laws?

From Pet-Abuse.com

There are 8 states without felony provisions for cruelty to animals: Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Utah.

Updated 4/5/07

Felony: Whether there are felony provisions for animal cruelty in the specified state.
Year: Year the felony law was enacted, if applicable.
Max. Jail: Maximum amount of jail time allowable by law under the felony provisions.
Max. Fine: Maximum fine allowable by law.
Counseling: Whether state law allows mandatory counseling to be ordered as part of sentencing.
Ban: Whether state law allows for a temporary or permanent ban on animal ownership as part of sentencing.
PPO: Whether state law can include animals in protection orders (pet protective orders).

STATE FELONY YEAR MAX.
JAIL
MAX.
FINE
COUNSEL-
ING
BAN PPO
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Alabama YES 2000 10 years $5,000 Counseling: NO NO NO
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Alaska NO   1 years $5,000 Counseling: NO NO NO
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Arizona YES 1999 1 years $150,000 Counseling: NO NO NO
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Arkansas NO   1 years $1,000 Counseling: YES NO NO
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California YES 1988 3 years $20,000 Counseling: YES NO NO
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Colorado YES 2002 6 years $500,000 Counseling: YES YES YES
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Connecticut YES 1996 5 years $5,000 Counseling: YES NO NO
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Delaware YES 1994 3 years $5,000 Counseling: NO YES NO
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D.C. YES 2001 5 years $25,000 Counseling: NO NO NO
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Florida YES 1989 5 years $10,000 Counseling: YES NO NO
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Georgia YES 2000 5 years $15,000 Counseling: YES NO NO
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Hawaii NO     $2,000 Counseling: NO NO NO
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Idaho NO   1 years $9,000 Counseling: NO NO NO
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Illinois YES 1999 5 years $50,000 Counseling: YES NO NO
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Indiana YES 1998 3 years $10,000 Counseling: YES NO NO
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Iowa YES 2000 5 years $75,000 Counseling: YES NO NO
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Kansas YES 2006 1 years $5,000 Counseling: YES NO NO
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Kentucky YES 2003 5 years $10,000 Counseling: NO NO NO
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Louisiana YES 1995 10 years $25,000 Counseling: YES NO NO
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Maine YES 2001 5 years $10,000 Counseling: YES YES YES
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Maryland YES 2001 3 years $5,000 Counseling: YES YES NO
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Massachusetts YES 1804 5 years $2,500 Counseling: NO NO NO
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Michigan YES 1931 4 years $5,000 Counseling: YES YES NO
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Minnesota YES 2001 2 years $10,000 Counseling: YES YES NO
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Mississippi NO   6 months $1,000 Counseling: NO NO NO
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Missouri YES 1994 5 years $5,000 Counseling: NO NO NO
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Montana YES 1993 2 years $2,500 Counseling: NO YES NO
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Nebraska YES 2002 5 years $10,000 Counseling: NO NO NO
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Nevada YES 1999 5 years $10,000 Counseling: YES NO NO
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New Hampshire YES 1994 7 years $4,000 Counseling: NO YES NO
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New Jersey YES 2001 5 years $15,000 Counseling: YES NO NO
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New Mexico YES 1999 18 months $5,000 Counseling: YES NO NO
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New York YES 1999 2 years $5,000 Counseling: YES YES YES
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North Carolina YES 1998 6 months $1,000 Counseling: NO NO NO
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North Dakota NO   1 years $2,000 Counseling: NO NO NO
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Ohio YES 2002 1 years $2,000 Counseling: YES NO NO
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Oklahoma YES 1887 5 years $5,000 Counseling: NO NO NO
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Oregon YES 1995 5 years $100,000 Counseling: YES NO NO
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Pennsylvania YES 1995 7 years $15,000 Counseling: YES NO NO
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Rhode Island YES 1896 2 years $1,000 Counseling: YES NO NO
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South Carolina YES 2000 5 years $5,000 Counseling: NO NO NO
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South Dakota NO   1 years $1,000 Counseling: NO NO NO
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Tennessee YES 2001 9 months   Counseling: YES YES NO
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Texas YES 1997 2 years $10,000 Counseling: YES NO NO
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Utah NO   1 years $5,000 Counseling: YES NO NO
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Vermont YES 1998 5 years $7,500 Counseling: YES YES YES
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Virginia YES 1999 5 years $2,500 Counseling: YES YES NO
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Washington YES 1994 5 years $10,000 Counseling: YES NO NO
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West Virgnia YES 2003 5 years $5,000 Counseling: YES YES NO
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Wisconsin YES 1986 5 years $10,000 Counseling: NO NO NO
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Wyoming YES 2003 2 years $5,000 Counseling: NO YES NO
Related Links (Off-site links open in a new window)
HSUS State Cruelty Chart (PDF)
HSUS: Animal Cruelty Laws – Where Does Your State Stand?
AnimalLaw.Com
ASPCA: Lobby for Animals
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