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About the Animal Defense League of Arizona

The Animal Defense League of Arizona is a statewide animal protection organization that has worked for over 25 years on behalf of companion animals, wildlife, animals in laboratories, animals in entertainment, and farm animals.

Jury Returns Not Guilty Verdict in Russell Files Case

ADLA is sorry to report that the jury in the Russell Files trial came back with a 'not guilty' verdict last night. Many animal advocates have asked how a jury could find Russell Files not guilty. As known, Files, an ex-Wildlife Services employee,Zoey trapped his neighbor’s dog Zoey, who was seriously injured. The baited trap was placed in Files unfenced front yard in a suburban neighborhood and left unattended.

Trial Begins for Felony Animal Cruelty Against Former Wildlife Services Employee Russell Files

The trial for felony animal cruelty against former Wildlife Services employee Russell Files begins on January 12 and runs this week before the Honorable David Campbell in Arizona Federal District Court. Click here for the News 12/AZ Central broadcast on the trial. 

ADLA will provide daily updates on the trial.

For more information on this case click here.

Join ADLA at Tucson and Phoenix Events this Saturday!

 
TNR 101 in Tucson
 
ADLA and Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare are hosting a workshop, "Cat Trapping 101" on Jan. 10th. Come and learn the best practices for TNR from ADLA experts Karen Anderson and Suzie Meeker! Read more
 

 

TNR 101 in Tucson

Date: 
January 10, 2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 

TNR 101

Hauspanther Open House Benefit for ADLA/Spay Neuter Hotline

Date: 
December 5, 2014 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Join us for a special open house benefitting the Animal Defense League of Arizona and its Spay Neuter Hotline on Friday, December 5! Hauspanther studio will be open for the Downtown Phoenix First Friday Artwalk from 6 to 10 pm. Do some holiday shopping for all the cats and cat lovers on your list and support a great cause!

When: December 5 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Where: Bragg's Pie Factory, 1301 W Grand Ave, Phoenix AZ 85007

Report Released on Dog Deaths at Gilbert Kennel

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office released their report today on the tragic deaths ofPhoto: Maricopa County  Sheriff's Office over 20 dogs at the Green Acre Kennel last June. You can read it online here. The report is almost 2,000 pages long so if you have trouble loading it, we have posted it in two parts.

ADLA Volunteers Hit Home Run in August!

Tempe Spay Neuter Clinic 8-10-2014

75 cats fixed at Spay Neuter Hotline's, TNR clinic in Tempe and 16 taken to North Phoenix to be fixed. Thanks to Gayle & Evelyn for the beautiful trap covers, Thanks to Sherry and Lily for all your help with check in, post op and recovery and thanks to Wayne, Garrett and Emily for staying up to trap 37 cats and bring them in for surgery. Thanks to EVERYONE for all you do for outdoor cats in our community.

Federal Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Cruelty Charges against Former Wildlife Services Employee

A Federal Court judge has denied former Wildlife Services employee Russell Files’ motion to dismiss felony animal cruelty charges.   The motion was based on what the Court described as a “seldom-litigated principle of federal constitutional law- federal Supremacy Clause immunity- to bar the State of Arizona from prosecuting him for animal cruelty.” 

This is the latest development in a case that has factually and legally been full of firsts, accroding to ADLA president and attorney Stephanie Nichols-Young. 

New AZ Law Requires Injury Reporting at Tucson Dog Track!

Governor Brewer signed the law requiring full public reporting of greyhound injuries Jett (photo: Karyn Zoldan)and deaths at Tucson Greyhound Park! Thanks to Representatives Ethan Orr & John Kavanagh, GREY2K USA, The Humane Society of the United States - Arizona, Animal Defense League of Arizona, Humane Voters of AZ, Susan Via, Jamie Massey, Joe Romack, Nancy Young Wright, Caryn Wood, Karyn Zoldan, Sylvia Arena, and all the advocates who contacted legislators!