A Timeline of Success in Arizona

SUCCESSFUL STATE INITIATIVES THIS SESSION

2019

Anti-cruelty law. On August 27, a landmark bill goes into effect in which animal abusers will face stronger penalties in the worst cases of abuse – the ones where abusers intentionally and knowingly inflict cruel mistreatment. Learn more.

Protections for working animals. The bill expands protections for animals to include protections against harassment of working animals (for example, police dogs left in a vehicle)

PAST INITIATIVES

2017

  • Good Samaritans can rescue a child or pet from a hot car without risk of civil liability
  • Tax check-off box allows for a voluntary contribution to Spay/Neuter Fund – in 2018, this fundraised $130,000
  • City of Glendale animal cruelty ordinance includes a ban on tethering, ventilation requirements, adequate space for exercise and more.

2016

  • Greyhound racing banned in Arizona
  • Breed-based laws banned in Arizona
  • Salt River Wild Horses protected
  • City of Phoenix adopts tethering and hoarding ordinances

2003

  • SB 1053 mandates spay/neuter for all shelter pets
  • Pet-friendly license plate created

1999

  • New animal cruelty laws designate certain cases of felony offenses and harsher penalties for abusers

1998

  • Cockfighting outlawed in Arizona

1997

  • Shoka’s Law (Puppy Lemon Law) passed making pet store owners responsible for sale they know were born with defects or are ill

1996

  • Abuse laws extended to stray animals

1979

  • Dog Fighting Law makes dogfighting illegal in Arizona

1972

  • City of Phoenix ordinance that prohibits leaving dogs in cars on hot days

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