spcaLA: Friends for Life

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

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spcaLA Law Enforcement Division Since 1877

About Animal Cruelty Investigations

spcaLA Humane Officers and support staff are dedicated to investigating cruelty cases and prosecuting individuals or organizations who neglect or abuse animals anywhere within the state of California; to providing medical attention and care to homeless and/or abused animals; and to rescuing animals in distress or precarious situations.

officers on call

Photograph by Chris Brinlee, Jr.

Highly trained, sworn personnel, spcaLA Humane Officers may exercise the powers of a peace officer anywhere in the state of California, while investigating animal cruelty.

Not only do spcaLA Humane Officers issue citations, make arrests, file criminal charges and serve warrants, but they also provide disaster relief to animals and their owners through the Disaster Animal Response Team (DART)™; work with our Humane Education department to prevent animal cruelty by speaking to students at our at-risk youth violence-prevention program, Teaching Love and Compassion (TLC)™ and in other forums; work with other Law Enforcement and humane organizations to reduce illegal smuggling of under-aged animals through the Border Puppy Task Force and much more.



Individuals pictured are representative of spcaLA's Animal Cruelty Investigations. Individuals may be past or present spcaLA Humane Officers.