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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.
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.
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.
These bills establish a credit against individual and corporate income taxes and insurance premium taxes for projects that qualify for the federal low-income housing tax credit and that are placed in service from and after June 30, 2022. The bills would help increase the number of affordable, pet-friendly housing units across the state. Read the full HB2562 bill and the full SB1327 bill. The Arizona Humane Society supports both HB2562 and SB1327.
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.
- 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)
- 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.
- Greyhound racing banned in Arizona
- Breed-based laws banned in Arizona
- Salt River Wild Horses protected
- City of Phoenix adopts tethering and hoarding ordinances
- SB 1053 mandates spay/neuter for all shelter pets
- Pet-friendly license plate created
- New animal cruelty laws designate certain cases of felony offenses and harsher penalties for abusers
- Cockfighting outlawed in Arizona
- Shoka’s Law (Puppy Lemon Law) passed making pet store owners responsible for sale they know were born with defects or are ill
- Abuse laws extended to stray animals
- Dog Fighting Law makes dogfighting illegal in Arizona
- City of Phoenix ordinance that prohibits leaving dogs in cars on hot days