from the Animal Defense League of Arizona press release
Ranch Dog Cruelty Exemption Bill Passes Legislature; Signed by Governor
Thanks to everyone for contacting legislators on HB 2780. We wish we had better news to report. The bill to exempt ranch dogs from cruelty laws passed the Arizona House and was signed into law by Governor Brewer. To see how representatives voted on HB 2780 click here. (Blogger’s note: It’s interesting that Matt Heinz voted no as he was part of a gang of original sponsors.)
This overly broad, poorly written bill passed the legislature and was quickly signed by the governor despite significant opposition from animal protection groups, rural animal shelter directors, county officials, media, and a tremendous number of constituent calls from advocates like you.
The amendment to HB 2780 was an improvement to the original language. However, the version that was passed still creates broad exemptions under the Agricultural code, preempts local control and could create broad exemptions for animal cruelty under local ordinances.
It is unconscionable that lawmakers and the governor have created an unnecessary law, which was prompted by a cruelty case where a rancher abandoned his dogs in a horse trailer for days last summer with no food and only green, slimy water to drink.
Information on this case and the bill is posted on ADLA’s legislative webpage.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
If your House members opposed HB 2780, please thank them. If you live in Rep. Ugenti’s district please thank her for her stance as the only Republican to oppose the bill in the House.