Animal Abuse Will not Be Tolerated

Paws Up!
To Maricopa County Sheriff’s and County Attorney’s offices for understanding the seriousness of animal abuse!

Diane Lynn Habener was convicted of nine counts of animal cruelty in connection with a pet adoption business in Phoenix, Arizona. She is scheduled to be sentenced April 15.

Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio understands the importance of pursuing animal cruelty cases, “…abusing animals through neglect and mistreatment is a serious offense that will not be tolerated in our community. My office will not hesitate to prosecute these crimes, even if takes many months to bring someone to justice.”

According to a news report, “Deputies seized 114 animals, most of them suffering from malnutrition and dehydration. Several animals were housed in kennels that were too small to allow them to turn around and had feces and urine embedded in their hair. One room contained 14 cats and was littered with feces. Many animals were subsequently treated for a variety of conditions including mange, Giardia, parasitic infections as well as zoonotic diseases, which can be transmitted from animals to humans.”

Take Action: Arizona residents, please write to the County Attorney and the Sheriff of Maricopa County thanking them for their work on this critical animal abuse case. Residents of other states, please contact your local officials whenever there is a case of animal abuse in your community and make sure they understand the severity of such criminal behavior.

Bill Montgomery
Maricopa County Attorney
301 W. Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Joe Arpaio, Sheriff
100 West Washington
Suite 1900
Phoenix, AZ 85003


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