The state of Arizona takes any sort harm to animals very seriously. While dogs are the most common victims of this crime, cats, horses, and livestock all suffer from abuse and neglect.
According to A.R.S. 13-2910, a person commits animal cruelty in Arizona by doing any of the following:
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly subjecting any animal under their custody or control to cruel neglect or abandonment.
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly failing to provide medical attention necessary to prevent suffering to any animal under their custody or control.
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly inflicting unnecessary physical injury to any animal.
- Recklessly subjecting any animal to cruel mistreatment.
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly killing any animal under another their custody or control without either legal privilege or consent of the owner.
- Recklessly interfering with, killing, or harming a working or service animal without either legal privilege or consent of the owner.
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly leaving an animal unattended and confined in a motor vehicle.
- Intentionally or knowingly subjecting any animal under their custody or control to cruel neglect or abandonment that results in serious physical injury to the animal.
- Intentionally or knowingly subjecting any animal to cruel mistreatment.
Penalties for Animal Cruelty in Arizona
Penalties range from misdemeanor to class 5 felony charges:
Charges from violations of any of these statutes will result in a class 1 midemeanor. Penalties may include up to six months in jail and a fine of no more than $2,500.
Presence at animals fights- A.R.S. § 13-2910.02: “Any person who is knowingly present at any place or building where preparations are being made for an exhibition of the fighting of animals, or who is present at such exhibition” can be charged with a class 6 felony with a minimum sentence of three months in jail or a maximum of a year and a half.
Animal fighting- A.R.S § 13-2910.01: any person that forces animals to “engage in an exhibition of fighting with another animal…for amusement or gain, causing any animal to fight with another animal, or causing any animals to injure each other” can be charged with a class 5 felony, which comes with a minimum of six months in jail and maximum of two years.
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