We regularly receive reports from people concerned that neighbors/landlords are trapping cats and dumping them in another area. This is actually considered animal “abandonment” and is ILLEGAL in the state of Arizona.
Cats, including community or feral cats, are covered by Arizona Statute ARS 13-2910 A-1, which states that, “A person commits cruelty to animals if the person does any of the following: 1. Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly subjects any animal under the person's custody or control to cruel neglect or abandonment.”
Persons violating this Statute are guilty of animal cruelty.
If you see this happening, please take photos or video and note the date, time and any identifying information such as an address, license plate number, description of the person and their vehicle, etc. and call the following phone numbers:
88-Crime (can be anonymous) 911 Animal Cruelty Taskforce: 520-547-0620 Pima Animal Care Center: 520-724-5900
Please note, not all police officers are aware that this is illegal. For some reason they are not all informed the statute mentioned above so if you call 911 and report someone doing this, and are told that it is ok or that is legal, then you have the right to advocate for the animals and tell the officer that no, it is ILLEGAL per Arizona Statute ARS 13-2910 A-1. PACC knows that this is illegal and you should have no trouble reporting this to PACC or the Animal Cruelty Taskforce.