PALMDALE – Animal care and control field officers will be enforcing pet licensing and spay/neuter laws in the unincorporated areas of Lancaster and Palmdale next week, authorities announced.
The enforcement teams will fan out in unincorporated Lancaster (zip code 93536) and Palmdale (zip codes 93551, 93550 and 93552) starting Wednesday, Oct. 4, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC).
“Field enforcement efforts are designed to ensure that residents’ dogs and cats are in compliance with mandatory licensing requirements, spay/neuter, and microchipping,” the news release states.
Dog and cat owners in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, including Quartz Hill, Littlerock and Lake Los Angeles, are required to license and microchip their pets. Dogs and cats must also be spayed or neutered, with some exemptions for competition, breeding and service dogs and pets with health problems.
State law also requires that all dogs at least 4 months old be vaccinated against rabies. The county requires the same vaccination for cats.
“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),” the news release states.
The Department of Animal Care and Control offers low-cost vaccination and microchips and financial assistance for spay and neuter surgeries.
More information and license applications can be found online at www.animalcare.lacounty.gov or at any county animal care center.
[Information via news release from the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control.]