Hawaii No Longer Ranked as Top Animal Abuser State

SAN FRANSCIO (KHNL) -- Hawaii is showing more aloha for animal protection laws.  According to a report released by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Hawaii is no longer the "best state to be an animal abuser."

Recent improvements to Hawaii's laws for animals credited to the change.  In June, Hawaii became the 43rd state to make cruelty to animals a felony offense.

While Hawaii is no longer in the bottom 10% of states, it is still ranked well below many states in this year's rankings.

The top five states with the best animal protection laws are California, Illinois, Maine, Michigan and Oregon.  Meanwhile Alaska, Arkansas, Kentucky, North Dakota and Utah ranked as the five "best states to be an animal abuser."