Mission

The following is a summary of the Sun City CC&R [Sect. 8] relating to Dogs
    
"Owners agree (i) to maintain pets in such a manner that the pets do not make an unreasonable amount of noise; (ii) keep the animal fenced or on a proper leash at all times the pet is outside the residential unit; (iii) clean up after the pet when the pet is outside of a residential unit; and (iv) otherwise maintain the pet so that at no time does the pet create a health or safety hazard or unreasonably interfere with the quiet of other Owners or residents."

 

The following is a summary of Maricopa County animal laws.
   

Shelter
Food and Water
Dog License
Leash
Confinement in Cars
Medical Care
Cruelty

      
Shelter

The law requires that animals have easy access to natural or artificial shelter that protects them from extreme desert temperatures. The shelter must also have adequate ventilation and drainage, and be available throughout the year. When the weather is especially hot, it is critically important that animals have access to shade at all times during the day. Remember, as the sun moves across the sky, shady spots often become sunny spots. Be certain that your pet can get to shade at all times during the day.

The law also requires that animals be kept in a clean and healthful environment that is free from accumulated feces. Keeping the animal's area clean reduces odors and insects, makes for a more pleasant home for your pet and reduces the possibility of neighbor complaints.
                                                 
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Food and Water
The law requires that animals be provided with the basic needs of life, including food and water. All animals must receive food on a daily basis; and the food must be free from contamination and offered in a quantity and quality sufficient to maintain the animal's good health. Animals must also have access to clean, drinkable water. Water should always be provided in a container that can't be tipped over or spilled. Animals will not drink warm water, so be sure to place the container where it will not be heated by the sun during the day.
                                                 
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Dog License
Maricopa County law requires that all dogs over four months wear a collar displaying a current license. In addition, it is a good idea to attach a separate tag that lists your name, address, and phone number. For more information, see Animal Licenses.
                                                 
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Leash
Maricopa County's leash law prohibits you from allowing your dog to run at large outside your property at any time. Your dog must be confined to your home or property, either inside the home or within an enclosed yard. When you take your dog outside of its confined area, it must be restrained on a leash that is no longer than six feet in length. Keeping your dog on a leash also makes good sense. Your dog will be safer and less likely get lost or to be hit by a car.
                                                 
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Confinement in Hot Cars
Pets die every year in hot cars throughout the Southwest. The temperature inside your car can reach 130 - 160 degrees in just a few minutes, even on a mild day. Leaving pets inside a closed car, or even one with the windows rolled down, is dangerous, deadly, and illegal. To report an animal inside a locked car, call the police (911).
                                                 
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Medical Care
Maricopa County law requires that pet guardians provide their animal with proper medical care. This means that if your pet is injured ,sick, or infested with parasites, you are responsible for getting adequate veterinary attention. If you are unable to afford care, you are still required by law to prevent the animal from suffering.
                                                 
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Cruelty
Animal cruelty is a serious issue. It is illegal to beat, torment, hurt, or otherwise harm any animal in any manner. People who cause an animal to suffer pain or discomfort can be charged with a crime.
 

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