Every person who maliciously and intentionally maims, mutilates, tortures, or wounds a living animal, or maliciously and intentionally kills an animal, is guilty of an offense punishable by imprisonment in the state prison, by a fine, or potentially by both. Every person who overloads, overworks, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance, drink, or shelter, cruelly beats or subjects any animal to needless suffering is guilty of a crime punishable as a felony (CPC 597).
How to Report Animal Abuse
If you would like to discuss or report animal abuse, please call Animal Care Services at (714) 935-6848. You may file an anonymous report; however, any personal information shared will be kept confidential.
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