What needs to be reported?

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Animal cruelty can be a case of neglect or intentional abuse. Reportable offenses include depriving an animal of food, water, shelter or veterinary care. It also includes torturing or killing animals. It does not include barking dogs, loud cats or loose animals. If you have a problem with a loud animal, call your local police agency. If you see a loose or vicious animal, or an injured animal on the side of the road, call your local animal control.

Click here to learn about animal laws within the City of Los Angeles.

Please note:  Paws and Learn Humane Education Center does NOT have the capacity to investigate reports of animal cruelty. Please make reports to one of the following groups:


L.A. City Animal Cruelty Task Force

24 hour notification hotline – 213-486-0450

This group consists of animal control officers and LAPD officers, and they process cases all the way through to prosecution.  Anyone who encounters cruelty, neglect, and/or abuse to animals should report such cases to the ACTF. Anyone who observes dog fighting, gamecock fighting, or other forms of blood sport activities pitting animals against each other to fight for gambling and entertainment purposes, is also strongly encouraged to contact the ACTF


spcaLA Cruelty Tipline

800-540-SPCA or report online at


Pasadena Humane Society

626-792-7151 x102 to report an emergency

For non-emergencies, report online at (animal control)


Los Angeles Dog Fighting Tip Line

1-877-NO2-FITE  -  24 hours, anonymous, Spanish and English operators

Call to report dog fighting in the following communities: Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Bernadino County, Ventura County, Orange County, San Diego County. If there is a fight in progress, call 911 immediately. 

Any individual that provides information that leads to the arrest of dogfighters is eligible to receive a cash reward up to $5,000. People may call with information about a dogfighting ring, an upcoming dogfight, or individuals involved in dogfighting.  Callers can remain anonymous and still receive reward money.  

Dogfighting is a felony in all 50 states. If you find dog fighters on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or any social media platform, DO NOT ENGAGE with them. Engaging with them lets them know you know what they are doing and could cause them to remove their page. By removing their page they are removing vital evidence. Evidence is needed in order to have them investigated, arrested and convicted. Take screen shots of their accounts and gather as much information as possible to include in your report.