While the bill was ostensibly introduced to strengthen penalties for cat and dog hoarding, animal welfare groups have argued it's a wolf in sheep's clothing. For example, the bill prohibits local governments from enacting further protections for livestock animals, though it explicitly permits them to do so for cats and dogs.
Arizona Sen. John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills), a proponent of animal welfare and former cop, told the Phoenix New Times that he was concerned by the bill's requirement that police investigations of animal abuse cases be brought to the state's department of agriculture.
"[It] requires police officers who are investigating livestock abuse to notify civilians in the Department of Agriculture, thereby potentially compromising ongoing investigations - or should I say, investigations that never get started," he told the Phoenix New Times. "No other area of law enforcement requires such an outside notification."