Special Report

America's Best and Worst States for Pets

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26. Minnesota
> Maximum penalty for aggravated cruelty: 4 years imprisonment and/or $10,000 fine
> Animals may be included in domestic violence protective orders: No
> Mandatory reporting by veterinarian: Yes
> Households owning pets: 53.0% (10th lowest)

Minnesota has laws protecting animals against cruelty, neglect, fighting, and abandonment. And the court may restrict ownership of an animal after a conviction.

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27. Arizona
> Maximum penalty for aggravated cruelty: 7 years imprisonment and/or $150,000 fine
> Animals may be included in domestic violence protective orders: No
> Mandatory reporting by veterinarian: Yes
> Households owning pets: 59.5% (18th highest)

The harshest penalty for aggravated cruelty against animals in Arizona is seven years in prison and/or a $150,000 fine.

28. Oklahoma
> Maximum penalty for aggravated cruelty: 5 years prison or 1 year county jail or $5,000 fine
> Animals may be included in domestic violence protective orders: Yes
> Mandatory reporting by veterinarian: Yes
> Households owning pets: 58.9% (20th highest)

Pet insurance in Oklahoma is $28.02 a month, the third-cheapest of any state in the country.

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29. Ohio
> Maximum penalty for aggravated cruelty: 3 years imprisonment and $10,000 fine
> Animals may be included in domestic violence protective orders: No
> Mandatory reporting by veterinarian: No
> Households owning pets: 57.4% (23rd highest)

Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would increase penalties for cruelty towards companion animals. Those found guilty of that crime could be punished by up to 16 months in prison and a $10,000 fine under the proposed law.

30. Wisconsin
> Maximum penalty for aggravated cruelty: 3.5 years imprisonment and/or $10,000 fine
> Animals may be included in domestic violence protective orders: No
> Mandatory reporting by veterinarian: Yes
> Households owning pets: 57.5% (22nd highest)

The cost of pet insurance in Wisconsin is $44.47 a month, the fifth-highest in the nation.

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