Animal Cruelty

Animal Cruelty

Animal cruelty is not only wrong. It is a crime and against the law in the state of California! Animal abuse can also be part of a pattern of other violent acts within families and society. Abuse of any kind should be reported to Animal Care Services. If you witness or suspect animal cruelty, contact Animal Care Services immediately at 562-570-7387.

What constitutes animal cruelty? 

Animal cruelty occurs when someone intentionally injures or harms an animal or when a person willfully deprives an animal of food, water, or necessary medical care.

Depending on the severity of the violation, every person who maliciously, intentionally, or through neglect inflicts pain, injury, or suffering on an animal, is guilty of an offense. These offenses can range from an infraction punishable by a fine of not less than two hundred fifty dollars ($250), nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the state prison, or by a fine of not more than twenty thousand dollars ($20,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment, or by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than twenty thousand dollars ($20,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment; or felony, and is punishable by imprisonment in state prison for 16 months, or two or three years, or by a fine not to exceed fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), or by both such fine and imprisonment.

The following is a list of California Penal Code sections regulating animal cruelty.

California Penal Code sections which regulate animal cruelty issues
596 Poisoning animals.
597 (a) The malicious and intentional maiming, mutilating, torture, wounding or killing of an animal.
597 (b) Depriving animal of food, water, or shelter; causing unnecessary suffering.
597 (c) The intentional maiming or killing of an endangered species.
597a Cruel or inhumane transportation of animal(s).
597b Fighting animals and birds (excludes dogs).
597c Training animals to fight, or being present at a fight.
597d Authority for arrests at animal fighting exhibition without a warrant.
597i Possession of implements for fighting birds.
597j Possession of gamecocks for fighting purposes.
597l Operation of a pet shop(s) and sale of sick animals.
597t Confinement of animals in such manner that may become entangled or injured; or without access to food, water or shelter.
591.1 Permitting animals to go without care: Veterinary care for animals.
597.5 Fighting dogs.