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Read the full, official language of Washington State's RCWs (Revised Codes of Washington) on animal cruelty and summaries of the sentences.

Animal cruelty in the first degree RCW 16.52.205:

Animal cruelty in the second degree (includes animal abandonment) RCW 16.52.207:

(except section: (2)(c) see below):

Animal cruelty in the second degree (section (2)(c))—if animal is abandoned and suffers bodily harm or is at substantial risk for suffering bodily harm:

Animal fighting RCW 16.52.117:

  • Class C Felony
  • Fine up to $10,000
  • Imprisonment up to 5 years
  • Prohibits violators from owning animals in the future.

Legal intervention by others to help animals without food or water RCW 16.52.100

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