New Mexico once again tops an undesirable list. The latest: being named one of the best five states to be an animal abuser.
The rankings are made in a report by the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund, which does an annual analysis of animal protection laws.
According to the report, New Mexico, Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Kentucky are among the states where animal abusers get off easy.
Among other weaknesses, the group says New Mexico has inadequate felony provisions for neglect, no felony provisions for abandonment, no provisions on sexual assault, no increased penalties when animal abuse is committed in front of children and no provisions for veterinarians to report suspected animal abuse.