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Animal Cruelty Prevention

Speaking for the voiceless

As a founding member of the Animal Cruelty Taskforce of Southern Arizona, HSSA has always taken a leadership role in combating violence toward animals.

They cannot speak for themselves. You may have witnessed animal cruelty or neglect in the past and not realized it. Or you thought nothing would be done even if you said something. But if you don’t say something, who will? Help us prevent animal cruelty and neglect in our community.


HSSA’s animal cruelty investigator works hand-in-hand with law enforcement, including local agencies, fire departments, Arizona Livestock Investigators, and local animal services agencies to provide a seamless response to cruelty calls. Services through this branch of our department include professional training seminars, public outreach, law enforcement support services, emergency medical care and fostering for abused animals, and evidence collection.

Our program allows the public to provide information on suspected cruelty and neglect, as well as concerns about irresponsible breeders, animal vendors and other related issues. Our educational program provides a variety of programs for adults and juveniles to address these concerns. We also offer court-mandated courses about proper care and treatment of animals, a critical step in stopping the cycle of harm to pets.

You can find more information about the Animal Cruelty Task Force of Southern Arizona at or on Facebook at

Court Mandated Animal Cruelty Education Class (ACE)

The Animal Cruelty Education Program is a cooperative effort between The Humane Society of Southern Arizona and member organizations with the Animal Cruelty Taskforce of Southern Arizona. The program’s purpose is to provide adults with the educational background, access to services and day-to-day skills needed to make them better pet owners.

Participants in the program have all received citations or have been adjudicated of violations relating to the care and treatment of their or other animals, or have been referred to the program by the Pima County Justice Courts, Tucson City Courts, behavioral health care providers or other agencies. The program is not a court of law concerned with the determination of guilt or innocence, but an opportunity to learn the needs and problems confronting the animals that share our homes and lives.

The 2-hour educational class is held from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.
All participants must be registered two days before they attend class. The $100 class fee is non-refundable upon registration for the class. Upon payment and attendance of the scheduled class, participants will receive a certificate of completion to present to the prosecutor.

For questions or more information, contact Stephanie Gary at or (520) 321-3704, Ext. 125.

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