Stop Allowing Euthanasia for Adoptable Pets at 72 Hours and Create Stricter Laws for Animal Cruelty
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Arizona State Legislature

Stop Allowing Euthanasia for Adoptable Pets at 72 Hours and Create Stricter Laws for Animal Cruelty

    1. Brittany Marion
    2. Petition by

      Brittany Marion

      Phoenix, AZ

In Maricopa County, there are over 150 animals brought into local shelters daily. The shelters euthanize a "qualified" animal after a three point inspection that takes place within 72 hours of arrival and the animal is euthanized as soon as 72 hours. A typical day involves over half of the daily intake number facing euthanasia. The daily euthanasia average ranges from 70 to the mid 100's. The three point inspection is based on health, temperament (adoptability), as well as time at shelter. The reasons can be small, such as refusing food because (s)he is afraid to having a cataract. The bottom line is...the shelters cannot support the amount of animals that are being abandoned, starved, abused, and left alone in the streets or on their doorstep. The shelters are all full and they cannot meet the demand they need too each day, resulting in the "need" for such large euthanasia rates. That can never be right.

 Arizona legislation feels that their obligation is fulfilled by giving a measly 72 hours of “shelter time” to each animal. With the demand for space and care that irresponsible ownership has caused, the shelter has to follow the minimal laws. There is too little room or funding while the problem continues to grow. The issue has directed criticism to the shelter for their policies but people fail to realize that the shelters are required to follow the law. Because there is no regulation or harsh punishments there is no way to accommodate the demand. The only way to change the euthanasia rate is to create stricter laws on animal cruelty and make sure domestic pets do not continue in a cycle of abuse.

Local representatives in Maricopa County need to step forward and demand stricter laws against the individuals who are backyard breeding, not fixing their dogs and cats, abusing, fighting, and abandoning animals, and regulate the process of adopting/selling/trading domestic pets to keep violators from recycling pets and operating without licensing. We need stricter laws, dedicated enforcement, and heavier punishment regarding animal cruelty. There needs to be funding and more humane laws in the shelters; 72 hours is not enough time to know an animal in a new environment nor to find its owners (new or old). That can be done by placing heavier fines and penalties on animal abusers that create the shelters outrageously high demand.

This can only happen by creating change in our legislature and we need your help. This problem does not just belong to the volunteers; it is the responsibility of the community to bring this to the attention of our governing officials. We can speak up and let our local and state government know that we care, we want change, and we need their help!

Please if you are reading this, sign the petition and visit Maricopa County Animal Care and Control's webpage to see what else you can do to help:

I am a 21 year old pet owner, who recently moved to Phoenix. I do not have any affiliation with Phoenix animal control or any federal/state/local agencies. If you are interested in fostering or adopting, you may also visit the link below which will give guidance. They also post feed each day of the "E-list" at each shelter:

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. Local Task Force Is a Chance for Change

      Brittany Marion
      Petition Organizer

      Update: Phoenix has stepped up to confront animal cruelty by creating an Animal Cruelty Task Force. So what are they doing?
      -Legislative changes: Expanding/clarifying definitions for city and state codes pertaining to cruelty laws/ordinances in 13-2910. This action is to clarify definitions for "necessary food/water/shelter". Also to add language for "cruel confinement" and clarifying abandonment.
      -They plan to reach out to the community and schools to teach about animal abuse, create a smartphone app for reporting animal cruelty, as well as provide first responder tools and training kits.
      Currently they are still looking for financial resources and local partners making this petition more important than ever. Please read about their efforts in the link below.
      You can also check out a link of the case that brought them together:

      Official Site of the City of Phoenix - City's Animal Cruelty Task Force Up and Running

      The city's Animal Cruelty Task Force, created in response to the recent discovery of dead animals on private land near 15th and Southern avenues, is up and running with an aggressive agenda and timeframe. The Task Force, seated by Mayor Greg Stanton, is co-chaired by Councilwoman Thelda Williams and Councilman Michael Nowakowski.

    3. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • sherri westlake PHOENIX, AZ
      • 9 months ago

      We tax payers and animal lovers are paying to kill pups for no reason.

    • Nicole Raimondo GILBERT, AZ
      • 10 months ago

      I feel that anyone who breed should have to pay a HEAVY tax/fee or licensing fee which should go straight to shelters. I think all breeding should be heavily regulated until the overpopulation of cats and dogs is regulated. The same rules for "hunting" where you have to pay for permit, there should be a large cost for breeding!! We need a change!

    • Toni Lamanna LAKE WORTH, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      I am a animal lover

    • nicolette stafos PHOENIX, AZ
      • about 1 year ago

      It needs to happened now!

    • Toni Anderson QUEEN CREEK, AZ
      • about 1 year ago

      Because the voiceless need someone to advocate for them!


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