CULVER CITY ANIMAL SERVICES
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  CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

  My neighbor is not taking care of his pets. What do I do?

You can submit a complaint via telephone at 310-253-6143, via e-mail at animal.services@culvercity.org, or via fax at 310-253-6217 (Please ensure to attention: Culver City Animal Services).

If the Culver City Animal Services Officer observes a violation or conditions that qualify as animal cruelty at the time of the visit, appropriate action will be taken. Because most animal ordinances are considered infractions, the Culver City Animal Services Officer cannot take any legal action unless the Officer actually witnesses a violation in progress. This does not mean nothing can be done about a violation. Citizens can provide supportive evidence, photographs, video recordings, and documentation regarding a complaint to:

Culver City Animal Services
Culver City Police Department
4040 Duquesne Avenue
Culver City, California 90232

Citizens can also e-mail the information or complaint to:

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  My neighbor ties his dog up every day. Is that illegal?

Depending on the manner and time frame, it may be illegal. It is illegal for a person to "tether, fasten, chain, tie, or restrain a dog, or cause a dog to be tethered, fastened, chained, tied, or restrained, to a dog house, tree, fence, or any other stationary object" for a period of more than 3 hours within a 24 hour period. [California Health and Safety Code 122335]. The leash, rope, or chain shall be affixed in such a manner that it will prevent the animal from becoming entangled or injured and will permit the animals's access to adequate shelter, food and water [California Penal Code 597t]. A dog can be tied to a running line, pulley or trolley system with no restriction on the time frame as long as the dog is not secured by a choke collar or pinch collar. The dog must still be able to access food, water and shelter as well as be able to avoid areas of feces and urination [California Penal Code 597.1]. Violations should be reported by calling Culver City Animal Services at 310-837-1221.

Here are some suggestions on how you can keep your dog confined without violating this law:

  • Put fencing up that your dog cannot get under or over.

  • Keep your dog confined to a kennel or garage.

  • Use a trolley system, pulley or running line. (See sample picture below)

    • Do not tether the dog to the trolley system by means of a choke chain or pinch collar. Instead use a sturdy leather, canvas or nylon collar or harness.

    • Remember when using a trolley system not to place it too close to a fence that the dog can jump over and get hung on.

    • Keep water and shelter available at all times.

    • Keep the dogs running area free of items that it can become entangled in.

person may do any of the following in accordance with Section 597t of the Penal Code:

  • Attach a dog to a running line, pulley, or trolley system. A dog shall not be tethered to the running line, pulley, or trolley system by means of a choke collar or pinch collar. (See sample picture below)

  • Tether, fasten, chain, tie, or otherwise restrain a dog pursuant to the requirements of a camping or recreational area.

  • Tether, fasten, chain, or tie a dog no longer than is necessary for the person to complete a temporary task that requires the dog to be restrained for a reasonable period.

  • Tether, fasten, chain, or tie a dog while engaged in, or actively training for, an activity that is conducted pursuant to a valid license issued by the State of California if the activity for which the license is issued is associated with the use or presence of a dog. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to prohibit a person from restraining a dog while participating in activities or using accommodations that are reasonably associated with the licensed activity.

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  There is a dog locked in a car. Is that illegal?

Depending on the manner and time frame, it may be illegal. Dogs in parked cars are at risk in hot and inclement weather. In the summer, the heat in an enclosed vehicle can reach 145 degrees or higher in a matter of minutes and the heat can kill a dog. Owners can be punished for leaving a dog in a car, under anti-cruelty statutes or laws that specifically forbid leaving a dog in a parked 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 [California Penal Code 597.7]. Violations should be reported by calling Culver City Animal Services at 310-837-1221.

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  I think that my neighbor is hoarding animals. What do I do?

Animal hoarding is a complex and intricate public health and community issue. Its effects are far-reaching and encompass mental health, animal welfare and public safety concerns.

The following criteria are used to define animal hoarding:

  1. More than the typical number of companion animals

  2. Inability to provide even minimal standards of nutrition, sanitation, shelter and veterinary care, with this neglect often resulting in starvation, illness and death

  3. Denial of the inability to provide this minimum care and the impact of that failure on the animals, the household and human occupants of the dwelling

If you think someone you know is struggling with animal hoarding, you can submit a complaint via telephone at 310-253-6143, via e-mail at animal.services@culvercity.org, or via fax at 310-253-6217 (Please ensure to attention: Culver City Animal Services).

If the Culver City Animal Services Officer observes a violation or the cruelty incident at the time of the visit, appropriate action will be taken. Because most animal ordinances are considered infractions and misdemeanors, the Culver City Animal Services Officer cannot take any legal action unless the Officer actually witnesses a violation in progress. This does not mean nothing can be done about a violation. Citizens can provide supportive evidence, photographs, video recordings, and documentation regarding a complaint to:

Culver City Animal Services
Culver City Police Department
4040 Duquesne Avenue
Culver City, California 90232

Citizens can also e-mail the information or complaint to:

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  What constitutes cruelty to an animal?

Pet owners must provide proper food, water, and adequate shelter for animals at all times [California Penal Code 597.1]. The animal must be fed at least once every twenty-four (24) hours and have clean, fresh, drinkable water available at all times. Shelter must be a structure that is adequate to provide protection from the weather, keep the animal dry, and well maintained. The size of the shelter must be in proportion to the size of the animal. Inflicting inhumane pain or suffering or failing to provide veterinary care also constitutes cruelty. Violations should be reported by calling Culver City Animal Services at 310-837-1221.

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Culver City encompasses approx. 5 square miles and is home to approx. 40,000 residents. It is just minutes from LAX, Marina del Rey and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Downtown Los Angeles, making it ideal for residents, business, and visitors alike. For more information, click here for the official website for The City of Culver City.

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