Among other responsibilities, Fremont Animal Services Officers are dedicated to protecting animals throughout the City of Fremont, either by enforcing animal cruelty and neglect laws so that all animals are treated with respect or by placing them in appropriate shelters.
The City of Fremont has Animal Services Officers in the field seven days a week, handling a variety of animal cruelty complaints. Animal Service Officers get their enforcement powers from the California Penal Code Section 830.9, and can exercise the powers of a peace officer while investigating animal-related crimes.
While our primary focus is educating owners about proper care for their animals, we will use all the authority that we have been given to ensure every animal receives care as set forth by the law. Animal cruelty encompasses behavior harmful to animals ranging from neglect to malicious killing. Most cruelty investigated by Animal Services Officers is unintentional neglect that can be resolved through education. Intentional cruelty, or abuse, is knowingly depriving an animal of food, water, shelter, or veterinary care; or maliciously torturing, maiming, mutilating, or killing an animal.
Our Animal Services Officers also respond to rescue animals from disasters, and have been trained to respond anywhere within the State at the request of mutual aid in the event of a disaster.
On average, we respond to over 500 reports of animal cruelty annually. Our Animal Services Officers continue to work daily to promote humane law enforcement to the public, and the animals we serve.