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Arizona – Cruelty to Animals Law

A.R.S. § 13-2910 states that acts of animal cruelty include:

  • “intentionally, knowingly or recklessly subjecting any animal to cruel neglect or abandonment,
  • failing to provide necessary medical attention to prevent protracted suffering,
  • causing unnecessary physical injury,
  • killing any animal without the legal privilege or consent of the owner,
  • leaving an animal unattended and confined in a motor vehicle causing injury or death.”

The statute also has special provisions for harming service animals, including allowing or having another animal harm or interfere with a service animal.

Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly subjecting an animal to cruel treatment is a Class A Misdemeanor.  It is punishable by a fine up to $2,500 and/or imprisonment for 6 months.  Intentionally subjecting an animal to cruel neglect, mistreatment, or killing or harming a service animal is a Class 6 Felony.  It is punishable by a fine of up to $150,000 and/or imprisonment of a definite term of years.  Sentences can also include community service, no animal ownership for 3 years, and restitution.  Hunting, poisoning rodents or dogs killing or wounding livestock are exceptions.

Inside Arizona – Cruelty to Animals Law