An animal cruelty ordinance has gone into effect in the City of Glendale after partnering with the Arizona Humane Society.
According to officials, a ban on tethering, ventilation requirements including animals in cars, as well as more exercise space and a $500 bond per animal seizure are provisions to ordinances that now make Glendale's ordinances "superior to the state statue."
- Exercise space: Animals must have enough exercise space if they are enclosed, and the enclosure must be made of material that cannot injure the animal.
- Ventilation: Animals must have enough ventilation and also have protection from extreme temperatures; it is unlawful for an animal to be kept inside a vehicle or in other enclosed spaces when the temperatures can reach high or low levels, or when ventilation would become inadequate.
- Tethering: Horses can be temporarily tethered, but tie-outs like chains, leashes, wires, cables, ropes or other devices is prohibited to be used on all other pets.
These ordinances enhance the police department's "capability to protect animals" against abuse and cruelty, according to Glendale Chief of Police Rick St. John.
All the above are Class 1 misdemeanors, violations are punishable with a fine of up to $2,500, six months in jail and/or three years probation.
Officials said just last year alone, there were more than 11,000 animal rescues and investigations within Maricopa County.
In 2016, a Glendale woman arrested after 52 neglected dogs were found in her home.
Glendale police said they plan to educate the public and then enforce the laws except in extreme incidents.