the Zone, Phoenix, homelessness
Jul 11, 2023

Judge must decide timeline for Phoenix to clear out homeless camp

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge is now tasked with deciding the timeline for the city of Phoenix to clear out the 800 or so people living in the homeless camp, “the Zone.”

the Zone, Phoenix, lawsuit, property owners, homeless
Jul 10, 2023

Attorneys for property owners in ‘the Zone’ ask for firm deadline for clearing out homeless residents

Attorneys for property owners in “the Zone” asked a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to set a firm deadline for the city of Phoenix to clear out the homeless population from the area, while the city asked the judge to allow the Office of Homeless Solutions to proceed at its own pace. 

veterinarians, pets, Arizona Corporation Commission, Veterinary Victims League
Jun 16, 2023

Pet group focuses on government, veterinary nonfeasance 

Most of us consider our pets part of the family. In fact, it’s probably one of the few social beliefs broadly shared by most Americans in our too-often-divided country. We don’t usually think of our pets as being political, but neither are they immune to politics. Indeed, many of the problems our pets face are broadly similar to the problems we face and the causes also bear a great resemblance[...]

apple snails, Game and Fish, invasive snails, Camp Verde
Mar 24, 2023

Game and Fish asks volunteers to help eradicate invasive apple snails

Arizona Game and Fish wants to rid the state of an invasive gastropod pest, and it’s counting on responsible pet owners, outdoor enthusiasts, citizen scientists and volunteers to help.

Mar 28, 2019

Efforts to boost penalty for pet abuse faces uncertain fate

A Senate panel agreed Thursday on the narrowest of margins to boost the criminal penalty on those who purposely and knowingly abuse and kill family pets.

Apr 5, 2018

Under this bill, it’s illegal to pretend your pet is a ‘service animal’

State lawmakers are hoping to keep Fido and FiFi out of grocery stores, restaurants and airports if they have no legal right to be there.

Feb 8, 2018

Senators seek harsher penalties for pet cruelty

SB1295 would create a special Class 5 felony for subjecting pets to cruel mistreatment. And the same penalty would apply for killing a pet without the owner’s consent.

Jan 17, 2018

Kavanagh wants to ban driving with pets on laps

Sen. John Kavanagh wants to ban pets, be they dogs, birds, reptiles, amphibians or other mammals, from resting on the laps of a person who’s driving a vehicle.

Dec 9, 2016

Kavanagh bill would protect people who break into cars to save pets, children

Saying good Samaritans deserve legal protection, a veteran state lawmaker wants to provide immunity from lawsuits for people who break into hot vehicles to rescue a trapped animal. And kids, too.