Cruelty to Animals

What is Cruelty to Animals; Interference with Working or Service Animal in Arizona A.R.S. 13-2910?

A person in Arizona commits cruelty to animals if the person;

intentionally, knowingly or recklessly subjects any animal under the person's custody or control to cruel neglect or abandonment;

intentionally, knowingly or recklessly fails to provide medical attention necessary to prevent protracted suffering to any animal under the person's custody or control;

intentionally, knowingly or recklessly inflicts unnecessary physical injury to any animal; recklessly subjects any animal to cruel mistreatment;

intentionally, knowingly or recklessly kills any animal under the custody or control of another person without either legal privilege or consent of the owner; recklessly interferes with, kills or harms a working or service animal without either legal privilege or consent of the owner;

intentionally, knowingly or recklessly leaves an animal unattended and confined in a motor vehicle and physical injury to or death of the animal is likely to result;

intentionally or knowingly subjects any animal under the person's custody or control to cruel neglect or abandonment that results in serious physical injury to the animal;

intentionally or knowingly subjects any animal to cruel mistreatment;

intentionally or knowingly interferes with, kills or harms a working or service animal without either legal privilege or consent of the owner;

intentionally or knowingly allows any dog that is under the person's custody or control to interfere with, kill or cause physical injury to a service animal;

recklessly allows any dog that is under the person's custody or control to interfere with, kill or cause physical injury to a service animal, or

intentionally or knowingly obtains or exerts unauthorized control over a service animal with the intent to deprive the service animal handler of the service animal.

If you or someone you know is charged with this crime, immediately contact a criminal defense attorney.

It is a criminal defense if any person exposes poison to be taken by a dog that has killed or wounded livestock or poison to be taken by predatory animals on premises owned, leased or controlled by the person for the purpose of protecting the person or the person's livestock or poultry, and the treated property is kept posted by the person who authorized or performed the treatment until the poison has been removed, and the poison is removed by the person exposing the poison after the threat to the person, or the person's livestock or poultry has ceased to exist.

The posting required shall provide adequate warning to persons who enter the property by the point or points of normal entry. The warning notice that is posted shall be readable at a distance of fifty feet, shall contain a poison statement and symbol and shall state the word “danger” or “warning”.

This law does not prohibit or restrict the taking of wildlife or other activities permitted or, activities regulated by the Arizona game and fish department or the Arizona department of agriculture.

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