Welcome Message from Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery

Animals are special members of our community. They are part of the wonder and beauty of our natural environment. They also provide joy and comfort to our families.

That’s why Arizona law provides important protections for animals, whether living in the wild or as domestic pets in your home. As Maricopa County Attorney I’m committed to upholding these laws and prosecuting those who harm or abuse animals in our community.

My office designed this website to provide you with important information about our animal protection laws and to provide links to helpful resources for animal owners. You’ll also find instructions on how to report animal cruelty and what to do if you encounter an animal in need of help or a home.

We can only call ourselves a civilized society to the extent we care and protect those who are the most innocent and vulnerable – and that includes the animals that live among us. Please join me in committing to make Maricopa County an animal-friendly place to live.

Bill Montgomery
Maricopa County Attorney

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The K-9 Victim Support Program

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is one of the few prosecution agencies in the country with a service dog trained to work with victims of crime. Sam is a Golden Retirever-Irish Setter mix who was rescued from a local animal shelter and trained to become a level III Facility Dog. He provides comfort and support to children and adults as they confront the often intimidating and traumatic process of the criminal justice system.

Meet Sam

The K9 Victim Support Program

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is one of the few prosecution agencies in the country with a service dog trained to work with victims of crime. Sam is a Golden Retirever-Irish Setter mix who was rescued from a local animal shelter and trained to become a level III Facility Dog. He provides comfort and support to children and adults as they confront the often intimidating and traumatic process of the criminal justice system.

Meet the K9 VSP Team