About Humane Officers

tracy.jeff.kendra.jpgDid you know that the Humane Society of Ventura is the only agency in Ventura County that employs Humane Officers? Humane Officers are provided with extensive training in animal husbandry and investigating animal cruelty and neglect cases. Officers up-hold Penal Codes, Health and Safety codes, and many other codes that pertain to abuse, neglect, and cruelty to animals.

 Officers protect animals from abusive or neglectful animal owners, and strive to educate the public on how to properly care for them. 

Director of Investigations R.J. Hoffman explains, “Humane officers are unique in law enforcement. They have the powers of a peace officer and can make arrests, and serve search warrants.” Officers protect animals from abusive or neglectful animal owners, and strive to educate the public on how to properly care for them. When disasters such as fires, floods, or earthquakes occur our officers are there to rescue animals from harm’s way.

 Officers work closely with local authorities throughout the county to ensure our community is safer for the animals. All of this is provided without monetary support from city, county, or state.  Our goal is to eliminate all animal suffering in Ventura County.

Each month Officers may assist hundreds of animals and people, making a positive impact on our community by ensuring that our most vulnerable creatures receive the help they need. This public service is funded entirely by donations. Their ability to serve is directly linked to the support we receive from people like you. It is with your help and the dedication of our Director of Investigations and Humane Officers that we are able to continue to educate Ventura County on the plight of animal rescue for more than 85 years.

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Penal Code 597.7

Under the amended law it says, no person shall confine or leave an animal in any motor vehicle under conditions that endanger the health or well-being of an animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability or death to the animal.

Unless the animal suffers great bodily injury, a first conviction for violation of this code is punishable by a fine not exceeding ($100) per animal. If the animal suffers great bodily injury, a violation of this code section is punishable by a fine not exceeding ($500.), imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding six months or by fine and imprisonment. Any subsequent violation of this section regardless of injury to an animal is also punishable by fine or imprisonment or both.

A peace officer, humane officer, or animal control officer is authorized to take all steps that are reasonably necessary for the removal of an animal from a motor vehicle including, but not limited to, breaking into the motor vehicle, after a reasonable effort to locate the owner or other person responsible. In other words, an officer can break out a window of the vehicle to rescue the animal. So not only will the person have to pay a fine, go to jail or both, but then also pay for a new window.

Even when parking your car in the shade, leaving the windows down, it can still get up to 160 degrees inside the vehicle. Our officers carry as standard equipment, a digital thermometer to read the temperature inside the vehicle.

When you do take your pet in the car, take precautions like bring water and a bowl to hydrate your pet and keep them safe.


Shelter & Adoption Location:
402 Bryant Street in Ojai