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California 1872: Cruelty to Animals   Cal. Penal Code 597 (1872).  

Enacted February 14, 1872 (almost identical with Field's Draft, Section 699), and then read: "Every person who maliciously kills, maims, or wounds an animal, the property of another, or who maliciously and cruelly beats, tortures, or injures any animal, whether belonging to himself or another, is guilty of a misdemeanor."

 
California General Laws of 1913: Title 14: Section 596-599f   Cal. Penal Code 597-599f (1913)   The General Laws of California from 1913, title 14, covers Malicious Mischief which includes sections concerning: Cruelty to Animals, Poisoning of Cattle, killing of birds in cemeteries and killing of gulls or cranes.  The Cruelty to Animal section describes laws concerning horses, abandoned animal, torture and maiming of animals, use of animals in fights, and arrest without warrants.  In addition, the section covers evidence, stallions, and impounding without food and water.  The section about the killing of birds in the cemetery concerns also killing and detaining of homing pigeons.  The last section about killing of gulls and cranes also concerns the destruction of eggs and nests.  In addition, the section covers killing of elk and prosecution for these offenses.  
California Statutes of 1900: Sections 597-599c   1900 Cal. Stat. 597-599c   The General Laws of California from 1900 covers such sections concerning: Cruelty to Animals, Poisoning of Cattle, killing of birds in cemeteries and killing of gulls or cranes.  The Cruelty to Animal section describes laws concerning horses, abandoned animal, torture and maiming of animals, use of animals in fights, and arrest without warrants.  In addition, the section covers evidence, stallions, and impounding without food and water.  The section about the killing of birds in the cemetery concerns also killing and detaining of homing pigeons.  The last section about killing of gulls and cranes also concerns the destruction of eggs and nests.   
Connecticut General Statutes 1902: Sections 2807-2816   Conn. Gen. Stat. 2807-2816 (1902)   The 1902 General Statutes of Connecticut sections 2807-2816 cover the following topics: definition of an animal, powers of an agent from humane society, and funding of the humane society.  
Connecticut General Statutes 1918: Chapter 329: Section 6268   Conn. Gen. Stat. 6268 (1918)  

Section 6268 of Chapter 329 from the 1918 General Laws of Connecticut covers the unlawful injury to certain property of another.  Specifically, the statute states the punishment for hurting, maiming, poisoning anther's cattle, ox, horse, and mule.

 
Connecticut General Statutes 1918: Chapter 337: Section 6546   Conn. Gen. Stat. 6546 (1918)  

Section 6546 of Chapter 337 from the 1918 General Laws of Connecticut covers jurisdiction and powers of courts. Specifically, the statute states the power of the court to issue search warrants for animal cruelty. 

 
Connecticut General Statutes 1918: Chapter 96: Sections 1879-1886   Conn. Gen. Stat. 1879-1886 (1918)   Sections 1879-1886 of Chapter 96 from the 1918 General Laws of Connecticut covers in general the Humane Society for Connecticut.  Specifically, the sections cover the following topics: the powers of an agent from the society, the definition of an animal, and funding of the society.  
Connecticut General Statutes: Chapter 331: Section 6367   Conn. Gen. Stat. 6367 (1918).  

Section 6367 of Chapter 329 from the 1918 General Laws of Connecticut covers the transportation of wild animals.  Specifically, the statute establishes the duty of care that must be given to the public when transporting a wild animal.

 
Connecticut General Statutes: Chapter 333: Sections 6402-6405   Conn. Gen. Stat. 6402-6405 (1918).  

Sections 6402-6405 of Chapter 333 from the 1918 General Laws of Connecticut covers offences against humanity and morality .  Specifically, the statutes cover following topics: animal cruelty, transportation of animals, and docking of horses.

 
Connecticut General Statutes: Chapter 338: Section 6619   Conn. Gen. Stat. 6619 (1918)  

Section 6619 of Chapter 338 from the 1918 General Laws of Connecticut covers information, procedure and bail. Specifically, the statute states the circumstances for reach a search warrant will be issued.

 
Connecticut General Statutes: Title 56: Sections 6480 - 6482n   Conn. Gen. Stat. Tit. 56 6480-6482 (1918)  

Sections 6480-6482 of Title 56 from the 1918 General Laws of Connecticut covers offences against public policy.  Specifically, the statutes cover following topics: animal fighting, penalty for attending a fight, and unlawful exhibition of sports for gain.

 
Illinois 1869: Cruelty to Animals Statute   1869 Ill. Laws 3.   The first part of this Statute details the incorporation of the Illinois Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  The second part of the statute describes various laws concerning the treatment of animals.  
Maine Laws: Chapter 182 'Lands reserved for public uses.'   1883 Me. Laws 182   The act concerns the allocation of land for the public use within a township.  
Maine: An Act against Sodomy and Bestiality.   1821 Me. Laws 5.   An Act concerning the punishment for Sodomy and Bestiality for Maine in 1821.  
Maryland General Laws Supplement 1890-1898: Cruelty to Animals   1890 Md. Laws 142,198,340   The Maryland General Laws supplement covers the additions to the Cruelty of Animals statutes for Maryland from 1890-1898.  The amendments cover court procedure  to implementation of specific laws for certain animals.  
Massachusetts 1854-1859: Chapter 96: An act to prevent cruelty to animals   Mass. Gen, Laws ch. 96, 1-2 (1859)  

Section 1 from Chapter 96 of Massachusetts General Laws of 1859 covers cruelty to animals.  Specifically, the law covers what qualifies as cruelty to animals and the punishment for it.

 
Massachusetts General Law Statutes 1860-1872: Chapter 344: Sections 1-3   Mass. Gen. L. ch. 344 (1869)   The Massachusetts law from 1869 stated in Chapter 344 concerns the treatment of animals.  The first section is a generic animal cruelty act.  The second section details the punishment for owners of animals that allow their animals to be treated cruelly by a third party.  The third section concerns the treatment of animals during transportation.  
Massachusetts General Law Statutes 1921: Sections 77-96   Mass. Gen. L., 77-96 (1921)   The 1921 of Massachusetts General Laws sections 77-96 cover the following topics: animal cruelty, treatment of horses, bird fighting, shooting of pigeons, procedural issues concerning an arrest for cruelty to animals, and transportation of animals.    
Michigan Compiled Laws 1838: Chapter 8: Section 22   Mich. Rev. Stat. ch. 8, 22 (1838)   The Michigan law concerning the treatment of animals from 1838. The law states the punishment for the crime, and factors for determining if the crime has occurred.  
Michigan Compiled Laws 1929: Chapter 285: Section 1   Mich. Comp. Laws ch. 285, 1 (1929)  

Chapter 285, entitled "An act for the more effectual prevention of cruelty to animals," concerns Michigan's Law about the treatment of animals from 1929.  The act covers what qualifies as cruelty to animals and what is the punishment for crime of cruelty to animals.

 
Minnesota 1860-1872 Public Laws: OFFENSES AGAINST CHASTITY, MORALITY, ETC.   Minn. Stat. ch. 96 18 (1858)   Section 18 of Chapter 96 from Minnesota Public Statutes 1860-1872 covers the treatment of animals.  Specifically, the statute covers the punishment for cruelty to animals.  
Nebraska Complied Laws 1887: Chapter X: Offenses Related to Domestic Animals   Neb. Stat. ch. 10 63-82   Nebraska Compiled Statutes from 1887.  The statutes cover cruelty to animals from transportation to negligence in handling.  Also covered is the stealing or interfering with various types of domestic animals.  
New Hampshire General Laws 1878: Trespasses, Malicious Acts, etc.   1878 N.H. Laws 281   The New Hampshire session laws from 1878, chapter 281, covers the state's cruelty to animals laws.  Specifically, the law covers cruelty to animals and the treatment of animals during transportation.   
New Hampshire Revised Statutes 1843: Offences Against Chastity, Decency and Morality   N.H. Rev. Stat. ch. 219 12 (1843)  

Section 12 of Chapter 219 from New Hampshire Revised Statutes of 1843 covers cruelty to animals.  Specifically, the statutes states what qualifies as cruelty to animals and the punishment for it.

 
New Jersey Revision of Statutes 1709-1877: Chapter XII Supplement: An act for the prevention of cruelty to animals.   N.J. Rev. Stat. 64-82 (1873)   A supplement to the New Jersey Revision of Statutes for 1877.  The supplement covered standing for officer's of New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  In addition, the supplement addresses the question of jurisdiction for the enforcement the anti-cruelty laws.  
New Jersey Revision of Statutes 1709-1877: Chapter XII: An act for the prevention of cruelty to animals.   N.J. Rev. Stat. 64-82 (1873)   A compilation of the New Jersey anti-cruelty laws as of 1877. The laws covered include treatment of animals, penalties, and exceptions for scientific experiments.  
New York Consolidated Laws 1909: Sections 180-196   N.Y. Penal Law 180-196 (Consol. 1909)  

Article 16, entitled "Animals," concerns New York's Law about the treatment of animals from 1909.  The act covers such topics as the keeping of animals for fighting to abandoning diseased or injured animals.  In addition, the act provides definitions in section 180 for important words such as animal and torture.

 
New York Consolidated Laws 1938: Sections 180-196   N.Y. Penal Law 180-196 (Consol. 1938)  

Article 16, entitled "Animals", concerns New York's Law about the treatment of animals from 1938.  The act covers such topics as poisoning of animals to abandoning diseased or injured animals.  In addition, the act provides definitions in section 180.

 
New York Penal Law 1866: Chapter 682: Section 2   N.Y. Rev. Stat. 682.2 (1866)   Chapter 682 from New York Penal Law of 1866 covers cruelty to animals.  Section 2 from this chapter describes the offense entitled neglect of disabled animals.  The law states the penalty for leaving a disabled or diseased animal to die on any state or city land.    
New York Revised Statute 1881: Chapter 682: Section 26   N.Y. Rev. Stat. ch. 682, 26 (1881)  

Section 26 of Chapter 682 from New York Revised Statutes 1881 concerns the treatment of animals by the owner or any other person.  A person found harming such an animal would be guilty of a misdemeanor.

 
New York Revised Statutes 1829: Title 6: Section 26   N.Y. Rev. stat. tit. 6, 26 (1829).   The law contained in Title 6, Section 26 of the New York Revised Statutes of 1829 concerns the offense of maliciously killing an animal of another.  The statute describes the type of animals covered and the punishment for killing, wounding, or maiming such an animal.  In addition, the statute also states the punishment for the offense of cruelty to animals.  
New York Revised Statutes 1866: Chapter 783: Sections 1-10   N.Y. Rev. Stat. ch. 783, 1-10 (1866)   Chapter 783, entitled "An act for the more effectual prevention of animal cruelty," concerns New York's Law on animal treatment for 1866.   
New York Revised Statutes 1867: Chapter 375: Sections 1-10   N.Y. Rev. Stat. ch. 375, 1-10 (1867)   Chapter 375, entitled "An act for the more effectual prevention of animal cruelty," concerns New York's law on animal treatment for 1867.   
New York Revised Statutes 1874: Chapter 12: Sections 1-8   N.Y. Rev. Stat. ch. 12, 1-8 (1874)   Chapter 12, entitled "An act relating to animals," concerns New York's Law about the treatment of animals from 1874.  
Pennsylvania Law of Session of 1860: Cruelty to Animals   1860 Pa. Laws 46  

Section 46 of Pennsylvania Session Law from 1860 covers cruelty to animals.  The section describes what is cruelty to animal and the punishment for it.

 
Pennsylvania Statute Law 1920: Article 14: Criminal Law   14 Pa. Stat. 7700-7783 (1920)   Pennsylvania laws concerning the criminal punishment for cruelty to animals from 1921.  The laws cover such topics as transportation of an animal to the powers of an agent from any Anti-Cruelty society.   
Pennsylvania Statute Laws 1920: Article 16: Agriculture Laws   14 Pa. Stat. 394-402 (1920)  

Pennsylvania laws concerning the treatment of animals in agriculture.  The laws cover such topics as maiming and disfiguring animals to the transportation of an animal.

 
Rhode Island Public Laws 1857-1872: Chapter 912: An act for the prevention of cruelty to animals.   1872 R.I. Pub. Laws 912   A collection of the laws concerning cruelty to animals from Rhode Island for the years 1857-1872.  The act covers such topics as bird fighting, cruelty to animals, enforcement of the act, and  procedural issues concerning the act.  
Tennessee Code 1858: Article VI: Killing Game, Poisoning Fish, Fire Hunting   Tenn. Code Ann. 1673-1676 (1858)   Tennessee laws from 1858 concerning the hunting of game, poisoning of fish, and the use of fire to hunt. The law establishes the punishment for the above mentioned offenses.  
Tennessee Code: Article V: Cruelty to Animals   Tenn. Code Ann. 1668-1672 (1858)   Tennessee's laws concerning cruelty to animals from 1858.  The laws cover what qualifies as cruelty to animals to the punishment to be given a slave that is cruel to animals.  
Vermont Law 1854-1855: Cruelty to Animals   1854 Vt. Acts & Resolves 51.1   Vermont's anti-cruelty law from 1854  
Vermont Laws: Act 34: 1846   1846 Vt. Acts & Resolves 34  

Act 34 from 1846 concerns the amendment of the statute entitled "Offences against private property."  Specifically, the act concerns the statutes that covers cruelty to animals and larceny of animals.

 
Virginia General Laws 1893: Cruelty to Animals   Va. Code Ann. 4554-4567 (Michie 1913)   A collection of Virginia laws from 1893 concerning the punishment and enforcement against cruelty to animals.  The laws cover cruelty to animals, power of agents of the court to search for cruelty to animals, and the punishment for shooting pigeons among other things.  

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