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Updated Jul 16, 2014 - 7:17 pm

Arizona reps to discuss animal cruelty statutes

PHOENIX -- Two Arizona representatives are assembling a group to review existing animal cruelty statutes and potentially craft new ones.

"The stakeholder group will focus on policies that ensure when people entrust their beloved pets to a boarding facility, they will be safe and properly cared for," said Rep. Kate Brophy McGee in a press release.

Brophy McGee has already met with representatives from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Animal Cruelty Investigation Unit (ACIU).

Joining legislators and law enforcement in the group discussions will also be "representatives for small and large pet boarding businesses, county government and animal welfare groups."

"This is a very complicated issue with many interests," said Brophy McGee. "Ultimately, the goal is to protect our pets, not interfere or unduly burden businesses that operate properly."

The necessity for the group comes after 21 dogs perished at dog boarding facility in Gilbert back in June.

Brophy McGee and Rep. Brenda Barton will hold a news conference next week to discuss the issue.

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