California Code, Health and Safety Code - HSC § 25983

(a) A peace officer, officer of a humane society as qualified under Section 14502 or 14503 of the Corporations Code , or officer of an animal control or animal regulation department of a public agency, as qualified under Section 830.9 of the Penal Code , may issue a citation to a person or entity that violates this chapter.

(b) A citation issued under this section shall require the person cited to pay a civil penalty in an amount up to one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each violation, and up to one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each day the violation continues.  The civil penalty shall be payable to the local agency initiating the proceedings to enforce this chapter to offset the costs to the agency related to court proceedings.

(c) A person or entity that violates this chapter may be prosecuted by the district attorney of the county in which the violation occurred, or by the city attorney of the city in which the violation occurred.


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