Wisconsin Legislative Session

Animal-related Bills Passed During the 2019-2020 WI Legislative Session

  • AB152/SB139 Relating to sexual contact with an animal and providing a penalty, WI Act 162 published 3/4/20.
  • AB317/SB298 Relating to DNR's efforts to raise awareness about Lyme disease, WI Act 158 published 3/4/20.

Animal-related Bills That Did Not Pass During the 2019-2020 WI Legislative Session

  • AB29/SB30:       Prohibit organization and participation in contests for killing wild animals.
  • AB298/SB478:   Prohibit a pet store from selling dogs and cats, and providing a penalty.
  • AB520/SB469:   Relating to grievous bodily harm to, or the death of an animal, and providing a penalty.
  • AB760/SB675:   Relating to standards of care and shelter of animals, and providing a penalty.
  • SB871:               Relating to the requirements for a court order to kill a dog.
  • AB592/SB535:   Authority to shoot a wild animal causing damage to a highway.

LOHV registered with the WI Ethics Commission in support of the following bills during the 2019-2020 legislative session:

"Misty's Law"


  • AB520 and SB469 make it a Class I felony if someone commits an act of animal abuse that they know or reasonably should know may result in grievous bodily harm to or the death of an animal, regardless of whether grievous bodily harm or death actually occurs. In addition, the bill would require a court to prohibit a person from owning, possessing, training, or residing with any animal or type or species of animal for a specified period of time if they are convicted of felony animal abuse.
  • AB760 and SB675 create standards for the shelter and tethering of dogs, and standards for the transportation of animals in the bed of a truck on public roads or lands, and creates penalties for violation of those standards. 
  • AB29 and SB30 prohibit organization and participation in contests for killing animals. 
  • AB298 and SB478 prohibit pet stores from selling dogs and cats beginning January 1, 2020, and provide a penalty.