Animal Neglect

To report observed or suspected animal neglect, abuse or abandonment, contact the animal control agency where the acts happened. For San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control serviced areas, call (800) 472-5609. For other areas in San Bernardino County, please contact the animal control agency responsible for service.

Animal Abuse And Neglect

Is When:

  • Any person, maliciously and intentionally maims, mutilates, tortures, wounds, or kills a living animal.
  • Any person overrides, overloads, overworks, torments, or deprives an animal of necessary food, water, or shelter.
  • Any person intentionally, for amusement or gain, fights any animal against another animal.
  • Any person permits an animal to go without veterinary care for an injury.
dog left in a car

Animal Abandonment

In San Bernardino County, leaving an animal unattended without proper care and/or treatment for 24 hours or more is considered animal abandonment. Abandonment laws may vary by jurisdiction.

Animals Left In Vehicles

If an animal is in danger or is suffering, contact Animal Control, law enforcement or 911. Penal Code 597.7 provides some legal protections for good Samaritans who break car windows to help an animal that is in imminent danger of suffering harm.