Arizona - Animal Abuse Resources for Veterinarians

Last updated June 2015

The material provided below is a periodically updated summary. Legal requirement may change at any time so it is imperative that you follow the links provided to the current law or statute relating to animal abuse reporting by veterinarians. The absence of specific legal requirements or protections relating to veterinarians should not be taken as an exemption from the responsibility to report abuse which may exist under other non-veterinarian-specific legislation, regulations or professional guidelines. [Back to Map].

Covered person: veterinarian
Animal Abuse Reporting is: mandatory
"shall report" (32-2239A)
Reportable Offenses: dog fighting, animal abuse, cruelty, neglect
(32-2239A), livestock abuse (32-2239B)
Good Faith Reporting has: immunity
"immune from civil liability" (32-2239C)
Report to:

law enforcement agency within 48 hours "local law enforcement agency in the county where the veterinarian is practicing" (32-2239A)

livestock-associate director of the division of animal services in the AZ department of agriculture (32-2239B)

​Release of Records requires:
​official request
records shall be provided to local law enforcement on request” (32-2239A)
Sources: Arizona Revised Statutes Section 32-2239. Duty of veterinarian to report suspected dog participant of dog fight or animal abuse; immunity