New Arizona Law Gets Tougher on Animal Abusers

Phoenix, AZ: ABC.com reports that a new law coming into effect today, August 26, 2019, will “go further to ensure that animal abusers are held accountable” in the state of in Arizona. According to the report, the legislation “gives prosecutors the tools they need and the choice to charge a class 5 felony and impose harsher sentences on those who intentionally mistreat animals. Previously, even the worst abuse cases were labeled as class 6 felonies, the lowest designation that often is pled down to a misdemeanor.”

About Susan Nilson

Susan Nilson began her career with Reuters in London, England, and has over 15 years’ editorial experience in print and digital publications across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She is currently managing editor of BARKS from the Guild. She is also a companion animal behavior consultant and trainer (Centre of Applied Pet Ethology) and an accredited professional canine behavior consultant (Pet Professional Accreditation Board).

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