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Animal Control


Animal control and related matters in Claremont are handled by the Inland Valley Humane Society (IVHS). Injured, stray, lost or noisy animals, as well as animal attacks, can be reported directly to the IVHS during business hours or through the Claremont Police Department after hours.

Inland Valley Humane Society
500 Humane Way
Pomona, CA 91767
(909) 623-9777

Barking Dogs

The City of Claremont Municipal Code Section 6.12.200 through 6.12.240 deals with dogs that bark continuously to the annoyance of people in the neighborhood. Dogs that bark excessively can be very disturbing to your neighbors and can cause the owner a considerable amount of stress.

If the barking persists after visits from the Inland Valley Humane Society and the Claremont Police Department, you may file a "Declaration of Complaint" under section 6.12.200 of the Claremont Municipal Code. This section calls for two neighbors living in separate homes to file with the City's shelter master, which is the Inland Valley Humane Society, located in Pomona. After the declaration is filed, the Humane Society has their officers assigned to investigate the complaint. Sanctions for barking dogs can range from further training to removal of the dog from the residence. You may contact the Inland Valley Humane Society at (909) 623-9777.

As a dog owner, you must realize your responsibility toward your neighbors. The security of knowing that you have a real watchdog, as well as enjoying a peaceful and quiet neighborhood, is well worth the effort.

Coyotes and Wildlife


Because of the City's proximity to the foothills, the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, and general mountainous region, Claremont has a local wildlife and coyote population that are regularly seen in town looking for food and water. Although coyotes are rarely a threat to humans, in order to make every effort to safeguard the Claremont community, the City has instructed all field staff to be on the look out for coyotes in public areas.

Whistles to scare away aggressive coyotes are available for FREE at the following locations:

  • Police Department, 570 W. Bonita Ave.
  • City Hall, 207 N. Harvard Ave.
  • Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd.

If a coyote is spotted, you may call the Inland Valley Humane Society Wildlife Officer at 909-623-9777, ext. 673. However, if there is an encounter with wildlife and its acting in an aggressive manner toward a human and one's safety is in danger, dial 9-1-1 and the police department will respond.

Living With Coyotes: Precautions (Adobe Acrobat, 18KB)

Mountain Lions

More than half of California is mountain lion habitat. Mountain lions generally exist wherever deer are found. They are solitary and elusive, and their nature is to avoid humans. Mountain lion attacks on humans are extremely rare. However, conflicts are increasing as California's human population expands into mountain lion habitat.

Staying Safe in Mountain Lion Country

  • Do not hike, bike, or jog alone.
  • Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active, and don't allow pets outside when mountain lions are most active --dawn, dusk, and at night.
  • Don't leave small children or pets outside unattended.
  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
  • Bring pet food inside to avoid attracting raccoons, opossums and other potential mountain lion prey.
  • Keep a close watch on small children.
  • Do not approach a mountain lion.
  • If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects.
  • If attacked, fight back.
  • If a mountain lion attacks a person, immediately call 911.

Report Dogfighting - 24-hour Tip Line


Report Dogfighting

Dogfighting is a sadistic "contest" in which two dogs--specifically bred, conditioned, and trained to fight--are placed in a pit (generally a small arena enclosed by plywood walls) to fight each other for the spectators' entertainment and gambling. Fights average nearly an hour in length and often last more than two hours. Dogfights end when one of the dogs will not or cannot continue.

Dogs used in these events often die of blood loss, shock, dehydration, exhaustion, or infection hours or even days after the fight. Other animals are often sacrificed as well. Some owners train their dogs for fights using smaller animals such as cats, rabbits or small dogs. These "bait" animals are often stolen pets or animals obtained through "free to good home" advertisements.

Beginning the first week of November 2009, a confidential 24-hour tip line (1-877-TIP-HSUS) will start taking tips from members of the public who wish to report illegal dog fighting. All of the information gathered for each tip will be forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Illegal dog fighting is a felony that carries a maximum sentence of three years; being present at a fight or while preparations for a fight are being made is a misdemeanor that carries a sentence of up to six months in jail.

For more information on how to end dog fighting, visit the Human Society of the United States website.

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