In January, Arizona lawmakers passed the Farm Animal Welfare Act.
The measure was signed into law by Gov.
Doug Ducey in February and is currently in effect.
The law allows anyone who believes they or their family has been abused, neglected, neglected pets to petition a local county board to declare an animal in need of immediate veterinary care.
If the board believes the pet is suffering from serious or permanent health issues, the county board can take it to the county attorney’s office for a court order to put the animal in a “secure animal facility” with medical supervision.
The county board also can order the animal to be released into the custody of a local animal shelter.
If it doesn’t comply with that order, it can be removed from the county’s animal welfare list.
The Humane Society of the United States estimates that between 4 million and 7 million farm animals are kept in animal shelters across the country.
The act also bars people from purchasing animals from farm owners, which has led to some people refusing to let their pets out of their homes for fear of violating the law.
Arizona has the third highest number of farm animals per capita in the nation, according to a 2015 study by the Pew Research Center.
In a state where farming has been an important part of the economy for years, the impact of the law on the animals it cares for has been a big concern.
According to the Humane Society, more than one-third of the animals they have examined in Arizona shelters are under six months old, which is a significant amount of animals, and that number has increased by at least 300 percent since 2015.
In one case, a woman in Mesa County, Ariz., went to court to get her 14-month-old daughter out of a home that had adopted her, but the judge ruled that she was not legally responsible for the animals and did not have the authority to make that decision.
“She was not able to show that she had any financial responsibility,” said Jessica Rocha, executive director of the Arizona Farm Animal Protection Project.
“This is a person who is taking a chance on her daughter.
If she’s going to be there for that long, she’s taking her chances on her child.”
“I can’t imagine why someone would think it’s okay to do this,” said Mark Lillis, executive vice president of the Humane League of America.
“If you’re looking for a way to prevent these animals from dying on your property, you need to go in there and get them and put them into a secure facility.
That’s not a good place for an animal to live.”
Lillas said he would not be surprised if the law led to people in other states considering similar measures.
“It’s certainly an issue that has been discussed before,” he said.
“But what I think this has created is a culture of cruelty in the industry.
We’ve seen it in other jurisdictions that have passed similar laws.
It’s created a culture that is hard to shake.”
Some of the more extreme examples of abuse and neglect are detailed in a 2013 New York Times report on animal shelters in the state.
In the state’s largest shelter, a five-bed facility in Phoenix, the woman who found the kitten that died from malnutrition in 2015 was charged with involuntary manslaughter.
“You can’t take your eyes off her,” the woman told the Times.
“When she’s not feeding her, she can’t be with her children.”
The woman was sentenced to six months in jail for her role in the case.
She was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and the facility’s staff and volunteers were placed on probation for three years.
In another case, the owner of a pet boarding facility in Mesa was convicted in 2016 of cruelty to animals, but he was acquitted on all charges in 2017.
In addition to the state, a growing number of cities and counties in Arizona have enacted similar laws, including Tucson, Tempe, Pinal, Glendale, Flagstaff and Prescott.
“We have seen this before in the United Kingdom,” said D.J. Wilson, executive deputy director of Animal Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit animal protection advocacy group.
“In the UK, a court has ordered that a dog has to be vaccinated to protect it from rabies.
But in Arizona, it is illegal to vaccinate a dog.”
The legislation was originally passed in the name of protecting the public from the spread of rabies, but Wilson said the law is more likely to have unintended consequences.
“There are a lot of people who are not aware of what is actually in the law,” he told CNN.
“A lot of times, it will be people who don’t know about the law who are the ones being fined or are fined for violating it.”
The law’s opponents argue that the law unfairly targets pet owners, rather