ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES
TITLE 13. CRIMINAL CODE
CHAPTER 29. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER
13-2910. Cruelty to animals or poultry; interference with working or service animal; classification; definitions
A. A person commits cruelty to animals if, except as otherwise authorized by law, such person recklessly
- recklessly subjects any animals or poultry to cruel mistreatment, or
- recklessly subjects any animal or poultry under the person's custody or control to cruel neglect or abandonment; or
- recklessly kills any animal or poultry under the custody or control of another without either legal privilege or consent of the owner or
- intentionally interferes with, kills or harms a working or service animal without either legal privilege or consent of the owner.
C. Nothing in this section shall prohibit or restrict:
- the taking of wildlife or any other activities permitted by or pursuant to Title 17,
- activities permitted by or pursuant to Title 3,
- Activities regulated by the Arizona Game and Fish Department or the Arizona Department of Agriculture
- If the working or service animal was killed or disabled, to the owner or agency that owns the working or service animal and that employs the handler or to the owner or handler for the replacement and training costs of the working or service animal and for any veterinary bills.
- To the owner or agency that owns a working or service animal for the salary of the handler for the period of time that the handler's services are lost to the owner or agency.
- To the owner for the owner's contractual losses with the agency.
F. For the purposes of this section,
- "Handler" means a law enforcement officer or any other person who has successfully completed a course of training prescribed by the person's agency or the service animal owner and who used a specially trained animal under the direction of the person's agency or the service animal owner.
- "Service animal" means an animal that has completed a formal training program, that assists its owner in one or more daily living tasks that are associated with a productive lifestyle and that is trained to not pose a danger to the health and safety of the general public.
- "Working animal" means a horse or dog that is used by a law enforcement agency, that is specially trained for law enforcement work and that is under the control of a handler.
§ 13-2910.04. Defense to cruelty to animals and bird fighting
It is a defense to ss 13-2910, 13-2910.01 and 13-2910.02 that the activity charged involves the possession, training, exhibition or use of a bird or animal in the otherwise lawful sports of falconry, animal hunting, rodeos, ranching or the training or use of hunting dogs.