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Illinois ranks as top state for animal protection laws for 11th straight year

COTATI, Ca. (WREX) — For the 11th year in a row, Illinois ranks as the stop state for animal protection laws.

The report comes from the annual U.S. Animal Protection Laws Rankings Report published by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit legal advocacy organization for animals. The report assesses the strengths and weaknesses of each U.S. state’s and territory’s protection laws, and ranks them accordingly.

The five states for animal protection laws are Illinois, Oregon, Maine, Colorado and Massachusetts.

One of the strengths for the state include Felony penalties for cruelty, neglect, fighting, abandonment and sexual assault. Another strength includes a new law that went into effect at the beginning of 2019, which allowed police officers to temporarily take custody of a pet if they deem they’re in a situation that’s harmful to them or can cause death.

In areas for improvement for the state, some of the things listed include increased penalties for offenders
with prior domestic violence offenses and immunity for citizens who rescue pets from hot cars. Here’s the full report with all of the strengths and potential improvements.

For the 12th straight year, Kentucky came in last place for the rankings.

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