Mission: To prevent animal abuse and neglect, enforce the anti-cruelty laws of the state of california and promote the wellbeing of animals.
Programs: The humane society of the sierra foothills (hssf) is dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals through education, law enforcement, intervention and advocacy. Our animal protection program investigates animal cruelty cases throughout california and assists the district attorney in prosecuting individuals and organizations who neglect or abuse animals. This year hssf humane officers fielded 119 formal complaints requiring welfare checks and follow-up visits as needed. No animals were formally seized in 2014, but a number of animals were rescued from owners who could no longer care for them properly. Hssf officers participated in community festivals, attended animal health and welfare conferences, and monitored fairs and rodeos. In november, the hssf board unanimously voted to purchase 30 thoroughbred horses from the bankruptcy trustee after an 18 month-long investigation revealed the owner was a scam artist who would place his high-maintenance race horses in various boarding facilities and then stop paying. We learned many of the horses were victims of severe neglect throughout a 10-year period while this owner victimized individual business owners. When the boarding facilities would try to collect what was owed, among other court filings, the owner (and wife) would declare bankruptcy. This would put all his "assets" (horses included) in a legal holding pattern. Eventually, his bad-faith bankruptcy filings would not be granted, but he'd file again (as allowed), leaving the boarding facilities to literally hold the feed bag. Hssf is in the process of retraining the horses and placing them with new owners. Two animal cases required formal complaints to the placer county district attorney's office for owners who failed to provide veterinary care to their horses. One case resulted in the fatal loss of a colt, and the other case resulted in two of the three horses being euthanized; the third is under close monitoring and veterinary care and being rehabilitated by the owners family member. Approximately 75 volunteers donated a total of 12,976 hours of their time in a variety of different capacities, including, animal fostering, book sorting, book sales, outreach events, legal/court hearings, animal feeding, grooming and training.