Abused/Neglected Animals

If you believe that an animal in Oakland is being abused or neglected, please call the Oakland Police Department Dispatch at 510-777-3333.

You will need to provide the dispatcher with the address where the animal is located, along with as much information about the situation as possible. Examples of abuse/neglect:

  • Purposefully hurting an animal
  • Not providing adequate food and/or regular access to fresh water
  • Not providing shelter from the elements (including heat, cold and rain)
  • Keeping a dog chained or tethered for over three hours
  • Keeping an animal confined without room to exercise

When responding to reports of abuse or neglect, Animal Control Officers follow State and local laws.