If you witness suspected cruelty to animals, call your local animal control agency as soon as possible or dial 9-1-1 if you’re unfamiliar with local organizations.
If you make a report of alleged animal cruelty, the responding agency is required to investigate.
What is animal cruelty in California?
California’s main animal cruelty law (Cal. Penal Code § 597) makes it a crime to mistreat animals in various way, including: maliciously and intentionally maiming, mutilating, torturing, wounding, or killing an animal, and. not giving an animal proper food, drink, shelter, or protection from the weather.
What defines animal cruelty?
Cruelty to animals, also called animal abuse, animal neglect or animal cruelty, is the infliction by omission (animal neglect) or by commission by humans of suffering or harm upon any non-human. Cruelty to animals sometimes encompasses inflicting harm or suffering as an end in itself, defined as zoosadism.
What is considered animal abuse in California?
Under existing law, California Penal. Code § 597(a), any person convicted of maliciously and intentionally maiming or killing an animal can be imprisoned for up to three years in county jail and/or fined $20,000 for felony animal cruelty.24 Apr 2015
Where do I report animal cruelty in Los Angeles?
If you suspect animal cruelty, submit an official tip online or by phone: (800) 540-SPCA(7722). The more thorough you are, the better you will equip spcaLA Humane Officers to investigate your complaint. When reporting animal cruelty, please DO: Speak slowly and clearly.
Where do you report animal cruelty?
To report animal cruelty, complete the Online Animal Cruelty Report or call 713-869-7722. If the county or state you’re contacting us about is outside our jurisdiction, please contact the animal control organization, animal shelter or local law enforcement agency for that area.
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