BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- An animal rights group contends Idaho ranks among the worst states in terms of its animal protection laws.

In its report this month, the Cotati, Calif.-based Animal Legal Defense Fund looked at animal abuse laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It contends Idaho is among five states that have the worst statutes.

The group says state law doesn't include felonies for extreme neglect or abandonment of animals or provisions requiring veterinarians to report suspected abuse, among other lacking statutes.

The four other states the group said had the worst animal protection laws were Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi and North Dakota. It says the top states with the best laws are Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon and California.

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