Arkansas Makes (Some) Animal Cruelty a Felony

On February 4, Arkansas made animal cruelty a felony offense in some cases (depending on which species was injured/killed, and whether this was a first-time offense). This leaves only four states without any felony animal cruelty provisions: Idaho, Mississippi, South Dakota and North Dakota. However, all but North Dakota are currently considering introducing felony provisions.

Apparently, the Arkansas statute contains exceptions for standard animal husbandry, among other practices, but I have not been able to locate the Act’s final language. I will post any updates that I come across.

You can read about the new law here, and you can see the wording of Arkansas’s old statute here.

-Suzanne McMillan

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