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Animal Protection Program

Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills
What Does a Humane Officer of the Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills (HSSF) Provide?
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.

What Services Do Municipal and County Animal Control Officers Provide?
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.

Is the HSSF a Government Agency?
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.

How can a Humane Officer Be Reached?
Call HSSF and leave a detailed message at (530) 823.6828 or complete a confidential on-line animal abuse complaint form or email:

How Can an Animal Control Officer Be Reached?
Determine the correct jurisdiction and violation, and call the appropriate governmental Animal Services Department. Placer County Animal Control and Other Agencies in Placer County.

What is Animal Abuse?
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.

What is the Difference Between Abuse & Neglect?
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 foreseeble harm to an animal (acts or omissions resulting in harm yet not to the level of life-threatening).


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