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Stronger definition for 'cruel neglect' in Maricopa County

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Owner negligence is deadly for pets in Maricopa County, Arizona, where temperatures reach up to 120 degrees in the summer. Unfortunately, the minimum standard of care for animals within the county is extremely low and consequently animals are suffering. Significant changes need to be made immediately.

According to Arizona laws, pet owners have to provide food, water, and shelter for their animals; anything less is considered cruel neglect. However, police and news reports of underfed dogs being tethered to bare trees with green, hot water to drink have highlighted a major problem: “food, water, and shelter” are vague guidelines.

The local sheriff says his office gets about 40,000 suspected animal abuse and neglect calls a year, but can rarely press any criminal charges because many pet owners are adhering to the current law. Recently, a man was arrested for animal negligence only after one of his dogs died from being left outside in the extreme heat.

This law protects negligent pet owners and I am asking Maricopa County officials to further define standards for pet ownership. The summer months will continue to bring dangerous heat to the county and I will no longer sit back and wait for another animal to die.

Please help me give a voice to the voiceless.



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