How to report Animal Abuse
Take all forms of abuse and neglect seriously. In the state of Arizona, intentional acts of animal cruelty are a felony. Report acts of animal cruelty to your local law enforcement agency or to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office if you live in an unincorporated area of Maricopa County.
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Animal Crimes Investigation Unit (ACIU)
Hotline Number: (602) 876-1681
The Arizona Humane Society handles animal abuse complaints in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. The Arizona Humane Society can be contacted at 602-997-7583 (ext. 2073) or visit their website at http://www.azhumane.org/report-animal-abuse.
Please check with your local police or county sheriff’s Department in other cities or counties.
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control’s (MCACC) mission is to promote and protect the health, safety, and welfare of people and pets in Maricopa County. MCACC is responsible for:
* Enforcing animal control ordinances such as licensing and leash laws.
* Picking up stray dogs. (They don't pick up cats unless they have bitten a human being; however, they can be brought into one of their Care Centers.)
* Removing dead animals from county roadways (via contracts).
* Responding to calls about dangerous dogs and dog bites.
For additional information, contact MCACC at 602-506-7387 (PETS) or visit their web site WWW.MARICOPA.GOV/PETS. (MCACC does not handle animal abuse complaints)
There are several jurisdictions within Maricopa County who handle their own animal control. If you live in any of the following cities and need to report an animal control issue, please contact them directly.
Avondale – (623) 333-7012 Glendale - (623) 930-3212 Mesa – (480) 644-2268
Peoria – (623) 773-8311 Surprise – (623) 222-4000 El Mirage – (623) 933-1341
See the ASPCA's website http://www.aspca.org/take-action/report-animal-cruelty for information on how to report cases of animal abuse.
Thanks to a suggestion by Amelia, we've added this important resource link on Animal Law.