ABC 15: Glendale’s Animal Cruelty Ordinance

News Highlights:

  • The City of Glendale, in close partnership with the AHS, has enacted an Animal Cruelty Ordinance. This ordinance now mirrors the state statute that requires food, water, shelter and medical care.
  • Some of the key provisions include…
    • Tethering: With the exception of temporary tethering of horses, the use of tie-outs such as chains, leashes, wires, cables, ropes or similar restraining devices for the purpose of animal confinement is hereby prohibited, no matter the weather conditions. Previously, the City of Phoenix was the only city in the Valley to prohibit tethering under certain parameters.
    • Ventilation: The animal must have access to adequate ventilation and be protected from temperature extremes at all times. In this connection, it is unlawful for any person to keep any animal in a vehicle or other enclosed space in which the temperature is either so high or so low, or the ventilation is so inadequate, as to endanger the animal’s life or health.
    • Exercise space: The animal must be given adequate exercise space within an enclosure that shall be constructed of material, and in a manner, to minimize the risk of injury to the animal, and shall encompass sufficient usable space to keep the animal in good condition.
  • Penalties to the above and more are considered Class 1 misdemeanors. A violation of any provision of this section is punishable by a fine of up to $2,500, six months in jail, three years’ probation or any combination thereof.
  • AHS partners closely with the City of Glendale and other cities within the Valley on suspected cases of animal cruelty, abuse, and neglect. Last year, AHS’ Field Operation Team responded to more than 11,000 animal rescues and investigations.

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