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WV rank improves in Humane Society of the United States ratings

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As the 2014 WV Legislative session begins, the Humane Society of the United States is recognizing the laws passed in 2013 to help animals in West Virginia.

The state enacted new laws last year to regulate "puppy mills" and to fund spay/neuter programs a reality for the Mountain State.

For their efforts in working on legislation to benefit animals, four legislators were presented with "Humane Legislator of the Year" awards by the Humane Society of the United States: Sen. John R. Unger II, D-Berkeley, Sen. William R. Laird, D-Fayette, Speak of the House Tim Miley, D-Harrison, and Delegate Mike Manypenny, D-Taylor.

In the fifth annual "Humane State Ranking" report released by The Humane Society of the United States, California held onto first place while South Dakota has the weakest animal protection laws in the nation.

West Virginia was the most improved state, leaping ahead in the ranks by passing laws to regulate puppy mills and support spay/neuter programs. The comprehensive analysis of animal protection laws in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., grades states on the strength of a wide range of animal protection laws, including policies dealing with animal cruelty and fighting, pets, wildlife, equines, animals in research, and farm animals.

To view the state rankings, visit Humane Society rankings