Reporting animal cruelty in Orange County can be a bit confusing. Many cities in Orange County contract with Orange County Animal Care (OCAC) which is the shelter in the city of Orange. This is considered the “county” shelter, and they provide animal control services and have a shelter facility for keeping animals.
Orange County doesn’t employ any State Humane Officers. However, Animal Control Officers and the police should respond to any animal cruelty concerns. At times, Humane Officers from nearby counties will become involved in animal cruelty cases. The Orange County SPCA refers people to the proper authorities and works with those authorities as needed. Some cities have their own Animal Control Officers through the city police departments, and a few cities have small animal shelters. For example, the city of Huntington Beach contracts with OCAC even though there is an animal shelter in Huntington Beach. A few neighboring cities contract with the shelter that is in Huntington Beach, but they have their own Animal Control as part of the police department. So, as you can see, it isn’t always clear how or who to report animal cruelty to and we hope this information will help. You can always call OCAC (714)935-6848 or the OCSPCA (firstname.lastname@example.org) and they will direct you to the proper authorities.
When reporting cruelty, you can ask to remain anonymous and request to have an officer conduct a welfare check on the animals you are concerned about. You will need to provide the address. It’s also important to know which animal shelter the city you live in contracts with in case you have a missing pet that you are searching for.
Did you know?
- It is against the law to keep a dog chained or tied up to something for more than about 3 hours at a time in a 24 hour period.
- Pets must have proper access to food, water and shelter at all times.
- It is against the law to have your dog off leash or on a leash that is longer than 6 feet (flex leads and extending leashes).
Cities served by Orange County Animal Care
- Fountain Valley
- Garden Grove
- Huntington Beach
- Laguna Hills
- Lake Forest
- Rancho Santa Margarita
- San Juan Capistrano
- Villa Park
- Yorba Linda
- Unincorporated Areas
Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Corona Del Mar
Serviced by Orange County Humane Society in Huntington Beach for sheltering animals (714) 536-8480
Animal Control – Costa Mesa Police Department (714) 754-5311
Animal Control – Newport Beach Police Department (949) 644-3717
Serviced by Westminster Veterinary Group in Westminster for sheltering animals (714) 899-1100
Animal Control – Westminster Police Department (714) 548-3201
Irvine Animal Care Center in Irvine for sheltering animals (949) 724-7740
Animal Control – Irvine Police Department (949) 724-7092
Laguna Beach and Laguna Woods
Serviced by Laguna Beach Shelter and Animal Services (Sheltering & Animal Control) (949) 497-3552
Serviced by Inland Valley Humane Society in Pomona for sheltering (909) 623-9777
Animal Control – La Habra Police Department (562) 905-9771
Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel
Serviced by Mission Viejo Animal Services Center (Sheltering & Animal Control) (949) 470-3045
San Clemente and Dana Point
Serviced by Coastal Animal Services Authority (Sheltering & Animal Control) (949) 492-1617
Serviced by Orange County Animal Care (OCAC) in Orange for sheltering (714) 935-6848
Animal Control – Santa Ana Police Department (714) 245-8792
Serviced by Seal Beach Animal Care Center for sheltering animals (562) 430-4993
Animal Control – Long Beach Bureau of Animal Control (562) 570-7387