The SPCA’s Humane Investigations Department receives and responds to over 1,000 cases of reported animal neglect and cruelty each year. SPCA Humane Officers are trained and sworn to exercise the powers of a peace officer to prevent acts of neglect and cruelty to animals by enforcing all State laws and applicable local ordinances.
SPCA Humane Officers are responsible for investigating, preparing cases for prosecution and educating the public regarding animal cruelty and neglect and how to properly care for all animals. SPCA Humane Officers get their powers from the California Corporations Code 14502, and can exercise the powers of a peace officer while investigating any crimes involving animals.
Most cruelty investigated by Humane Officers is unintentional neglect that can be resolved through education.
Each day, SPCA Humane Officers receive reports and investigate cases of:
Other violations of State Humane Codes
If you have concerns about an animal that is being neglected or cruelly treated, call our Humane Investigations Department at (831) 373-2631, or 422-4721 ext. 213 or click the link above to submit your report online. All reports are confidential.
If you are not sure what is legal and what is illegal when it comes to the treatment of animals, please check this list. Keep in mind that our Humane Investigators spend many hours educating the public in cases of unintentional neglect and improper care of animals.
Animal cruelty does not include barking dogs, disruptive cats or loose animals. If you have a problem with a loud animal call your local police agency. If you see a loose animal, a vicious animal, or an injured domestic animal on the side of the road call your local animal control. Click here for a list of local Animal Control Offices. If you see injured wildlife or are unable to reach Animal Control for an injured domestic animal, please contact The SPCA at 831-373-2631 or 422-4721 or after hours at 831-646-5534.