Humane Law Enforcement

Report Animal Cruelty

Call 619-299-7012 to report a case of animal cruelty or neglect.

You may use the form below to report a case of animal cruelty or neglect, including animals left in hot cars.
You may submit the report anonymously, if you wish. Alternatively, if you prefer to mail in or drop off a paper report, you may download PDF form.

Animal Cruelty Form

Please note:  Animal cruelty investigations do not include barking dogs, loud cats or loose animals.

Barking Dog Complaints

For expediency regarding barking dog complaints, you may fill out and submit the form below or call 619-299-7012, ext. 2617.

If you are a resident in the City of San Diego, barking dog complaints are handled by the city’s Code Enforcement Department.

Please use this link to file your report: 

Animal complaints (strays, off-leash, etc.) for the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, Oceanside, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach and Vista are handled by San Diego Humane Society. For more information please see our Field Services page.

If you are a resident outside of these cities and have a concern with a loud animal, call your local police agency or code compliance department. If you see a loose or vicious animal, or an injured animal on the side of the road, call your local animal control.

Barking Dog Complaint Form

California Animal Laws
If you aren’t sure what’s legal and what’s illegal when it comes to the treatment of animals, see this page at Michigan State University College of Law.


About San Diego Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement

On June 9, 1880, San Diego Humane Society officers levied the first fine against animal cruelty to “Mr. Collins’ boy for overriding a colt.” Since that day, our officers have been dedicated to enforcing animal cruelty and neglect laws so that all animals are treated with the respect they deserve.

San Diego Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement has officers in the field seven days a week, handling a variety of animal cruelty complaints. Humane Officers get their enforcement powers from the California Corporations Code 14502, and can exercise the powers of a peace officer while investigating animal-related crimes. Humane Officers are appointed by the State and undergo substantial training in animal care, state humane laws and continue education throughout their careers.

Not only can San Diego Humane Society Officers issue citations, make arrests, file criminal charges and serve warrants, but they also respond to and rescue animals from disasters in San Diego and surrounding areas with the assistance of the Humane Society’s 24-hour volunteer-operated Animal Rescue Reserve, provide emergency assistance to animals near and far through our Special Response Team, and work with our Community Engagement department speaking to children throughout San Diego County.

Information & Resources

Animal Rescue Reserve
A group of highly-trained volunteers dedicated to assisting people during disasters by safely evacuating horses, livestock, and household pets. LEARN MORE

Humane Academy
Learn how you can train to become a Humane Officer. LEARN MORE

For more information about animal cruelty and its link to other forms of violence, visit or