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State Pet Shop Laws: Arizona

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Definitions:

  • Animal not defined.
  • Pet dealer: a person who owns a pet store. (ARIZ. REV. STAT. ANN. § 44-1799)
  • Pet store: a commercial establishment that engages in a for-profit business of selling at retail cats, dogs or other animals. (ARIZ. REV. STAT. ANN. § 44-1799)

Vet Care:

  • Pet dealer must have vet exam of all cats and dogs before the animals are offered for sale. (ARIZ. REV. STAT. ANN. § 44-1799.01)
  • Pet dealer must promptly provide vet care. (Penalty: class 1 misdemeanor; max. $1,000 civil penalty) (ARIZ. REV. STAT. ANN. §§ 44-1799.04, 1799.08)

Housing:

  • Pet dealers must supply "adequate space that is appropriate to the age, size, weight, species and breed of cat or dog." "Adequate space" is ample space for the cat or dog to experience normal body movements without having to make contact with the sides or top of the enclosure. (Penalty: class 1 misdemeanor; max. $1,000 civil penalty) (ARIZ. REV. STAT. ANN. §§ 44-1799.04, 1799.08)

Lemon Laws:

  • Pet dealers must give a paper disclosing the animal's breed, identification, vaccination and health data. Both parties sign this disclosure. Dealer must post a written consumers' rights notice near the cages of cats and dogs for sale. (Penalty: max. $1,000 civil penalty) (ARIZ. REV. STAT. ANN. §§ 44-1799.02, -1799.08)
  • Lemon law that offers recourse to those who purchase sick or diseased animals from pet shops. [See ARIZ. REV. STAT. ANN. §§ 44-1799.05 to -1799.07, -1799.09 for the remedies provided for the purchase of ill or diseased animals.]

Food and Water:

  • Pet dealer must supply cats and dogs with “potable water” and “adequate nutrition.” (Penalty: class 1 misdemeanor; max. $1,000 civil penalty) (ARIZ. REV. STAT. ANN. §§ 44-1799.04, 1799.08)

Sanitary Conditions:

  • Pet dealer must maintain cat and dog housing in “a sanitary condition.” Dealer must provide a resting board for cats/dogs on wire flooring. (Penalty: class 1 misdemeanor; max. $1,000 civil penalty) (ARIZ. REV. STAT. ANN. §§ 44-1799.04, 1799.08)

Unweaned Animals:

  • Pet dealers are prohibited from offering for sale a cat or dog less than 8 weeks old. (Penalty: max. $1,000 civil penalty) (ARIZ. REV. STAT. §§ 44-1799.04, 1799.08)

Miscellaneous Provisions:

  • License not required.
  • Dealers must maintain a written record on the health, status and disposition of each cat and dog for 1 year. Dealers must maintain records of lemon law disclosure requirements. Animal control, law enforcement, and county health can inspect the records. (ARIZ. REV. STAT. § 44-1799.03)

Notes:

  1. Where “adequate space” is not defined the state has not established a definition for the term.
  2. The definition of “animal” may actually be broadly written while the types of animals covered by the law (e.g., veterinary care, sanitation, food and water) may be more narrowly drafted.

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