Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Announces Effort to Combat Animal Cruelty in Arizona

Attorney Rachel Michell recently announced the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MCAO) would continue to strengthen its efforts to combat animal cruelty, which researchers say is a gateway crime to more serious offenses.

“As you know, I am a believer in the ‘broken windows’ approach to reducing crime,” Mitchell said during a news conference. “If criminal elements get away with small offenses – and let me be very clear, I do not consider animal cruelty to be a small offense – they become emboldened though to pursue bigger crimes or crimes against human beings.”

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