The Animal Legal Defense Fund, based in California, has been compiling
statistics on state animal cruelty laws for years. In 2012, Maine
ranked second best in the nation!
In Maine, animal abusers can face felony charges, go to prison, be forced to give up their animals, pay restitution, veterinary costs and boarding fees, face mandatory counseling, and most importantly, could be banned from owning animals ever again.
Maine animal advocates and the Animal Legal Defense Fund agree that Maine should not rest on its laurels. There is more work to be done and animal advocates would like to see better enforcement of the existing laws. That, of course, would require more resources for the underfunded Animal Welfare Program in Augusta.
To view the ALDF full report online:
2012 State Animal Protection Laws Rankings