ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Animal Control Officers in California

Updated on August 1, 2014

Impounding Animals

Animal Control Officers in the state of California enforce the State Penal Code, County Ordinance Codes, and City Municipal codes as they relate to animals. Animal Control Officers may be tasked with impounding stray, injured, aggressive, feral, timid, sick, dead, and otherwise unwanted animals based off calls for service from the community they serve. The tools an Officer must be familiar with to capture an animal are a capture pole, a leash, and traps. Depending on the state of the animal an Officer will decide, based on training and experience, which tool to implement to facilitate the humane capture and transport of the animal. Animal Control Officers are also responsible for emergency euthanasia of an animal if it is inhumane to relocate a sick or injured animal for treatment at a Veterinarian.

After the animal has been impounded from the field it is the responsibility of the Animal Control Officer to transport the animal to the local shelter. In most jurisdictions the animal is placed in a kennel, and logged into a database such as Chameleon. After the animal is logged into the Database most jurisdictions post the animals on-line for the owners and potential adopters to view. After the animal is logged in the responsibility of the care of the animal is then transferred to the Animal Care Worker. However due to budget limitations some jurisdictions have their Officers also perform the shelter duties.

License Enforcement - Rabies Control

Animal Control Officers are also tasked with ensuring the community they serve is in compliance with licensing requirements. A valid dog license is required from your local Animal Control Authority everywhere in the State of California. Dog licenses are more than a tax. State law mandates that all jurisdictions require licensing to ensure compliance with mandatory Rabies Vaccinations. This is an effort to prevent Rabies from becoming a prevalent Zoonotic disease. Officers issue citations for these violations. These citations may be Notice to Appears requiring proof of compliance or payment of a fine to the local court for an infraction or they may be Administrative Citations handled directly through the department.

Cruelty to Animals

Officers may also investigate complaints of cruelty to animals. Animal Control Officers can obtain Search Warrants signed by a Judge, and can execute said warrant. If a violation of law is found they make arrests and seize animals. The animals would then be transported to a staff or local Veterinarian for treatment. After an animal cruelty investigation is completed a case is filed by the Officer with the District Attorney's office. Once accepted by the District Attorney the Officer may be subpoenaed to testify in the Superior Court within their

Laws Granting Powers - P.C.832 Certification

In order for Animal Control Officers to complete their investigations the State of California Penal Code Section 830.9 grants Animal Control Officers the powers of Peace Officers while on duty if they have completed Penal Code Section 832 certification for Arrest. It also states that if an Officer completes the Firearm component of Penal Code Section 832 they may carry a firearm while on duty. Many Community Colleges offer this certification.

Public Contact

As an agent for a public entity Animal Control Officers are always in the public's eye. Most encounters with the public are pleasant, and involve interviews about violations of local laws. An Animal Control Officer must always be aware of their surroundings, and of the actions they take. Everything an Officer does represents their department as they are highly visible.

However there are times an Officer may run into an unruly individual, and must have the ability to defuse the situation. Though It is not always possible to keep an individual rational when confronting them about the standard of care they are providing an animal. Sometimes individuals do become violent when faced with the reality that they are losing their animal, and an Officer must be prepared for that eventuality. In situations like these most Officers call for assistance from the local law enforcement entity.

Working as an Animal Control Officer is a rewarding career where one will encounter many different people, animals, and situations.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)