Our Humane Officers are HSSF nonprofit employees responsible for enforcing California State Penal Laws regarding the welfare of animals. These Officers are appointed through the Superior Court pursuant to California Corp. Code 14500 et. seq.
County and Municipal Animal Control Officers are local government employees responsible for enforcing local ordinances regarding animals such as: animals running at large, animal noise nuisances, dog licensing, kennel inspections, and animal bites and care investigations.
No, HSSF is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity that relies primarily on grants, private donations and sales from its used bookstore in Auburn, CA.
As defined by California Penal Code 599b: “The words “torment” “torture” and “cruelty” include every act, omission, or neglect whereby unnecessary or unjustifiable physical pain or suffering is caused or permitted…” In addition, there are numerous other state, county and municipal laws covering a variety of specific animal “abuses,” limitations and prohibitions.
Abuse is an act or omission that causes or permits a danger or foreseeable danger to an animal’s life (physical abuse or extreme lack of care/suffering). Neglect is an act or omission that causes or permits harm or foreseeable harm to an animal (acts or omissions resulting in harm yet not to the level of life-threatening).