LOS ANGELES – Officers from the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control will be conducting compliance checks in the Antelope Valley beginning Friday, March 25.
Field enforcement efforts will target the unincorporated areas of Lancaster (zip code 93536), Palmdale (zip codes 93550, 93551 and 93552), Lake Hughes, and Elizabeth Lake (zip code 93552).
The checks are designed to ensure that residents’ dogs and cats are in compliance with mandatory licensing requirements, spay/neuter, and microchipping.
California law requires that all dogs over the age of four months be vaccinated against rabies and licensed. Los Angeles County requires the same for all cats. As of Jan. 1, 2014, puppies may be vaccinated at three months but are not required to be vaccinated until four months of age.
Pet owners must be in compliance with licensing, spay/neuter, and microchipping requirements if they live in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County or in cities that contract with L.A. County that have adopted the county’s Title 10 ordinance.
Residents not in compliance will be subject to license fees, delinquency charges, and a $40 field enforcement fee to offset the cost of the Department’s field services.
Residents can secure a pet license by printing the application online at www.animalcare.lacounty.gov or by visiting a local County animal care center. Residents may also renew their pet license online if it is not delinquent.
Information on licensing fees, low-cost vaccination/microchips clinics, and low-cost assistance for spay and neuter surgeries can be found at www.animalcare.lacounty.gov.
[Information via news release from Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control.]