Report Abuse


Who Do You Report Animal Abuse To?

If the suspected incident of animal abuse occurs within city limits, you should contact that city's police department; they will coordinate with animal control officers to investigate your claim. If the reported incident occurs outside of city limits, contact the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department.

Ferndale Police Dept. 786-4025

Eureka Police Dept. 441-4060

Humboldt County Sheriff 445-7251

Who Do You Report Animal Abuse To?

If the suspected incident of animal abuse occurs within city limits, you should contact that city's police department; they will coordinate with animal control officers to investigate your claim. If the reported incident occurs outside of city limits, contact the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department.

Ferndale Police Dept. 786-4025

Eureka Police Dept. 441-4060

Humboldt County Sheriff 445-7251

Arcata Police Dept. 822-2428

Trinidad Police Dept. 668-5895

Fortuna Police Dept. 725-7750

Rio Dell Police Dept. 764-5642

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Animal Abuse

1. My neighbor keeps his dog tied up day and night in the backyard. Is that cruelty?

Effective January 1st, 2007 pet owners cannot chain or tether their dog to a stationary object for more than 3 hours in any 24-hour period, punishable by an infraction with a fine up to $250 or a misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $1,000 and/or up to six months imprisonment.

2. The horse in the neighboring field stands in the wind and rain all day. Is that cruelty?

As long as the horse has food, water and a place to stand up, and can turn around and lie down in an area that is not covered in water, that does not fall within the legal definition of cruelty. Generally an acre per horse is the rule of thumb.

3. My neighbor is shooting cats with a pellet gun. Is that cruelty?

Absolutely. That is at least a misdemeanor, and may be charged as a felony.

4. I believe my dog or cat has been poisoned. What should I do?

Take your animal to a local veterinarian immediately. Save any food products that may have been thrown over the fence that the dog or cat may have eaten. That is evidence. A toxicology analysis will need to be done on the animal to determine why it got sick or died before cruelty can be proven. When in doubt, contact your local law enforcement agency to discuss the situation with them.

Remember that people who are cruel to animals are often violent toward children and other humans as well. By reporting suspected animal cruelty You Could Be Saving a Life!

(The above article is reprinted by permission of Sequoia Humane Society, Eureka, CA)