Cruelty Investigations

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Services: Cruelty Investigations

Humane Law Enforcement

Many of the animals that we see are victims of cruelty and neglect. Crimes against animals are illegal, and our Animal Control Officers work with local police, city attorneys, and district attorneys to ensure perpetrators are prosecuted. If you suspect someone of being cruel to an animal, please call us at (408) 764-0344.

Anyone can report abuse (or even suspected abuse) to SVACA 24-hours-a-day. You don't need to leave your name, just tell us where the animal is and what the problem is. We will send someone to investigate. By law, animal owners in the State of California need to provide their animals with proper food, fresh water, shelter from the elements, adequate and clean space, and veterinary care when needed. If you know of an animal who is being denied these, please call us. We also encourage callers to compete an Animal Complaint Form so we can thoroughly investigate your complaint.

If you know of an animal in trouble please call us at (408) 764-0344.

SVACA's Humane Law Enforcement program responds to over 600 complaints of animal cruelty and neglect every year. Calls range from investigating cases of animals beaten to death to educating owners on ways to provide basic care for their animals. Some examples of our cases follow.

Cases from SVACA Officers' Files

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Hailey’s Story

HailyIn Santa Clara, SVACA was called to collect a stray dog that was reported to be in poor condition. The dog was missing patches of fur and had severe mats over her entire body. The fur on her hind end was stained and smelled like urine. Her skin was irritated and she was flea infested. She had an eye condition that caused her to have greenish colored discharge and had heavy tartar on all her teeth.

An owner was located who chose to surrender the dog and was issued a citation for violating anti-cruelty codes. Hailey received proper care from SVACA and was transferred to a rescue partner where she continues to recover.

Dogs Living In a Storage Area

Motored Home DogsIn Santa Clara, Officers Morris and Pedrotti investigated a complaint about two dogs living in a motor home that was parked in a storage area. They noticed the vehicle was parked in direct sun without protection from the elements. Once they got closer to the vehicle they detected a strong urine smell. The windows on the drivers and passenger side were slightly rolled down, but all the other windows were closed.

The owner was informed that she could not leave the dogs in the motor home and she found a new home for them. She was issued a citation for violating Santa Clara City Codes and was ordered to pay a fine by a hearing officer.

Hoarding Case

Too Many CatsOfficers Morris and Hearn investigated a cat hoarder case inside a Santa Clara home. They observed a carport filled with boxes, bags of litter and food bags. They approached and immediately noticed a strong stench of urine coming from inside the home. While inspecting the home and backyard they observed numerous cats and saw that both areas were littered with feces and clutter. The owner was issued a citation for violating various local codes and is working with a rescue organization to find new homes for the cats.


How You Can Help

In 2001, two 17-year-old Campbell boys were arrested for setting three cats on fire. Two of the cats died; a third cat, Chubz, survived but was euthanized due to the extent of his injuries.

In response to the acts of cruelty inflicted on the cats, the SVACA Board of Directors established the "Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority/Chubz Animal Care Fund”. The fund is used to financially assist in the veterinary care of animals that are victims of cruelty. Click here to find out how you can donate to the fund.

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