Vice President and Chief of Humane Law Enforcement
Jace Huggins oversees one of the largest Humane Law Teams in California, along with investigations and case management, emergency response, officer training, dispatch and collaborations with local courts and law enforcement. Driven by compassion and a commitment to keep animals and people safe, Humane Officers assist when residents of 13 cities throughout San Diego County need help with pets or wildlife, enforce cruelty and neglect laws and respond to disaster situations.
Jace has 22 years of experience in animal welfare and veterinary hospital management, including a decade working in humane law enforcement. Prior to joining us, he served as Chief Animal Control Officer for the City of Sacramento, Front Street Animal Shelter. Jace has overseen programs both in shelters and in field services side, having helmed Sacramento’s Homeless Outreach and Assistance Program; a free monthly vaccine and microchip clinic; and the “Promoting Animal Welfare and Safety” program. He is also a nationally elected Board member of the National Animal Care and Control Association.
An instructor for Code 3 Associates and HSUS, Jace has presented at multiple conferences such as NACA, AAWA, HSUS, CalAnimals, and Best Friends. He sits on both the AAWA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee and the NACA Culture and Collaboration Committee.