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Advocates pushing for better animal protection laws in Arizona

PHOENIX -- Arizona ranks seventh in the nation when it comes effective animal protection laws, but advocates say there is always room for improvement.

"Animals need our protection, they don't have a voice of their own," said Kari Nienstedt, state director of the Humane Society of the United States.

People from around the state will meet with lawmakers on Tuesday, also known as Humane Day 2014, to lobby for better animal welfare laws. Attendees will be supporting bills that protect breeding dogs and those that stiffen penalties for abusers.

"Animal abuse is a community problem," said Nienstedt. "There have been many studies over the past 20 years that show a strong link between animal abuse and human violence."

Advocates are urging legislators to support legislation that would temporarily ban ownership of animals for those who've been convicted of extreme animal cruelty, add animal fighting to the list of racketeering crimes, ensure consistent, humane standards of care for breeding dogs and prohibit live animals as prizes in carnival games.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

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