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Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles, since 1877

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spcaLA Law Enforcement Division Since 1877

To report animal cruelty in Southern California,

Report Online

or call the Cruelty Tipline at
1-800-540-SPCA (7722)

Animal cruelty encompasses behavior harmful to animals ranging from neglect to malicious killing. Most cruelty investigated by Humane Officers can be resolved through education, if it is unintentional neglect. 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. Both types of allegations can be felonies or misdemeanors. If you suspect cruelty, report it.

Is it Animal Cruelty?

Animal cruelty does not include barking dogs, loud cats or loose animals. If you have a problem with a loud animal, call your local police agency. If you see a loose or vicious animal, or an injured animal on the side of the road, call your local animal control.