*Animal neglect is considered a misdemeanor crime in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
*Felony penalties can be levied in Massachusetts and Oklahoma for any animal neglect case.
*Felony charges can be applied in animal neglect resulting in death in California, Connecticut, Florida and Washington, D.C.
*Felony charges can be applied in Georgia animal cruelty cases where malice is proved.
*There is no state in which it is OK to allow a companion animal to suffer and die of exposure.