Abandoned Pets – City of Gilbert Gets It Right

Congratulations to the Gilbert Town Council for their work on behalf of suffering animals.  Sadly, animals are still considered property under Arizona law.  Therefore, police officers are not supposed to help an abandoned or suffering animal without permission from the owner.  It has been reported that concerned residents reported animals abandoned in foreclosed homes, yet the police were unable to “officially” do anything about it.  Thankfully, the Town Council amended their animal control ordinance.  Now town employees in Gilbert may legally enter foreclosed properties, seize animals and provide necessary care.  

As a veterinarian, I wish to congratulate and thank the City of Gilbert for amending their law to protect abandoned animals.  We can only hope, more jurisdictions will adopt similarly enlightened ordinances.    

Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.

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