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STATE INITIATIVES

SB1353: ANTI-RABIES VACCINATION; RABIES TITER

This bill allows a licensed veterinarian to administer a rabies antibody titer to determine whether to administer a rabies booster vaccine to a dog. Allows a rabies antibody titer that shows an adequate immune response to be accepted in lieu of a rabies booster vaccination, other than a first booster vaccination, for state licensing requirements. Sponsored by Senator Nancy Barto. Read the full bill. The Arizona Humane Society supports SB1353.
HB2484: ANIMAL FIGHTING PARAPHERNALIA; OFFENSE

This bill makes it a class 1 (highest) misdemeanor for a person to knowingly own, possess, purchase, sell, transfer or manufacture “animal fighting paraphernalia” (defined) for the purpose of engaging in, promoting or facilitating animal fighting or cockfighting. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. Sponsored by Representative John Kavanagh. Read the full bill. The Arizona Humane Society supports HB2484.
HB2507: LANDLORDS; DECEASED TENANT; PETS

This bill provides for a landlord to be authorized to request the name and contact information of a person who is authorized to enter the dwelling unit to retrieve the tenant’s animal if the tenant dies or is otherwise incapacitated. If the landlord is unable to contact the authorized person within one day, the landlord may deem the animal abandoned and remove the animal to an animal shelter or boarding facility. The landlord is allowed to release the animal to a relative of the deceased or incapacitated tenant if specified conditions apply. AS PASSED BY HOUSE. Sponsored by Representative Shawnna Bolick. Read the full bill. The Arizona Humane Society supports HB2507.
SB1124: CONTRIBUTIONS IN AID OF CONSTRUCTION

This bill will create a $4 million, four-year state low-income housing tax credit program contributing to thousands of new affordable housing units across the state, opening up more affordable, pet-friendly housing options. Read the full bill. The Arizona Humane Society supports SB1124.
HB2623: FIREWORKS; USE; OVERNIGHT HOURS; PROHIBITION

This bill allows counties and municipalities to prohibit the use of permissible consumer fireworks between the hours of 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. Sponsored by Representative Amish Shah. Read the full bill. The Arizona Humane Society supports HB2623.

PAST INITIATIVES

2019

  • Law passed ensuring animal abusers will face stronger penalties in the worst cases of abuse – the ones where abusers intentionally and knowingly inflict cruel mistreatment. Animal cruelty charges were increased from a Class 6 to Class 5 felony, meaning these cases can no longer be dropped to a misdemeanor and also include the possibility of jail time and supervised probation/treatment.
  • Law stiffened so protections for animals now include protections against harassment of working animals (for example, police dogs left in a vehicle)

2017

  • Law enacted allowing Good Samaritans to rescue a child or pet from a hot car without risk of civil liability
  • Tax check-off box created, allowing for a voluntary contribution to Spay/Neuter Fund – in 2019, this fundraised more than $180,000.
  • City of Glendale animal cruelty ordinance enacted to include 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