June 12, 2016 - Arizona Republic Article
 
 
  Question: We live in the Rio Verde Foothills area of Maricopa County. Our next door neighbor has a corral in his back yard which 2-3 times a year for a month or two is used as a cattle roping arena. Although these cattle are extremely smelly, the main problem is that the cattle constantly bellow throughout the night. Maricopa County has no ordinance prohibiting in a residential community the owning and maintaining of cattle and other livestock. Is there anything that we can do?

  Answer: Although there may not be a violation of a law or ordinance, a neighbor conducting an activity on his property that adversely affects the neighboring property owners' use of their property has caused a legal nuisance. The neighboring property owner could be required to abate that legal nuisance. In other words, a court could order the bellowing of the cattle to stop in some reasonable manner, and, if stopping the bellowing was not possible, the court could order the removal of the cattle.