- You must provide food, water, shelter, and proper
veterinary medical care for your animal.
- If you chain or tie out your animal, it must not
entangle with any object or cause a dangerous situation for
the animal. The lead must be long enough to provide an
exercise area. The animal must be able to reach food, water
and shelter. Food and water containers must not be able to
be tipped over.
- Do not leave your animal inside an unattended vehicle
without adequate ventilation. Even on a cool day, an animal
left in a vehicle in the sun could be subjected to extreme
- Animals carried in the back of pick-up trucks must be
safely enclosed within a secured cage, cross tether, harness
or other device that will prevent the animal from falling,
jumping or being thrown from the truck in an accident.
- If you hit an animal with your vehicle, you are required
to stop and give assistance to the animal. You are also
required by law to notify the police or sheriff and attempt
to contact the owner of the animal.
- It is a crime to abandon an unwanted animal. If you are
unable to find a home for your animal, take it to the San
Diego Humane Society and S.P.C.A. or your local animal
- Maliciously neglecting, harming, killing or poisoning an
animal can be charged as a felony and may carry a penalty of
one year or more in state prison and/or a $20,000 fine.
To report animal neglect or abuse, call 1-800-98-ABUSE, or
here to complete an online form.
Serving San Diego County for over 123 years, the San
Diego Humane Society and SPCA provides vital services to
animals and people alike through sheltering and adopting
animals, providing positive reinforcement behavior training
for adoptable animals and for owned animals through public
training classes, investigating animal cruelty and neglect,
providing adult and youth education programs, sharing animals
through pet-assisted therapy and rescuing animals in emergency
private nonprofit organization that receives no public or
government funding, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA is
supported solely by contributions, grants, bequests,
investments, proceeds from the society’s antique consignment
store in La Jolla (Glorious Antiques) and some fees for
Diego Humane Society and SPCA
5500 Gaines Street
San Diego, CA
P.O. Box 217, Etiwanda, CA 91739-0217
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