Animal cruelty encompasses behavior harmful to animals ranging from neglect to malicious killing. Most cruelty investigated by Humane Officers is unintentional neglect that can be resolved through education. Intentional cruelty, or abuse, is knowingly depriving an animal of food, water, shelter, or veterinary care, or maliciously torturing, maiming, mutilating, or killing an animal.
Call 619.243.3466 or use this form to report a case of animal cruelty or neglect. You can send the report anonymously, if you wish. If you prefer to mail in or drop off a paper report, you may download this form.
Para reportar negligencia o crueldad a un animal por favor llame al 619.243.3466.
Animal cruelty investigations do not include barking dogs, loud cats, or loose animals.
Animal complaints (barking, 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 Humane Officers of 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.
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