Animal Cruelty Investigations

NOTE: spcaLA’s response to the novel coronavirus continues to prioritize the protection of staff and animals in our care. Though restricted in our ability to respond directly to requests for service, we are presently taking online reports, to best serve callers and the animals for which they are concerned by connecting them to the appropriate animal services agencies.


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.

Please note, if an animal is in immediate danger, such as a dog locked in a hot car, call 911. Read more about correctly filing an animal cruelty complaint.

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.