Animal owners in the unincorporated areas of Quartz Hill, Palmdale, Lake Elizabeth and Lake Hughes will be getting a visit from officers of the Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC).
The visits are to check for current rabies vaccinations, ensure residents are in compliance with licensing requirements as well as the mandatory spay/neuter and microchip ordinance.
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California State law requires that all dogs over the age of four months be vaccinated against rabies and be licensed. Securing a dog license is an important part of identification and can assist animal control agencies if your pet becomes lost.
Dog owners are advised to be in compliance with licensing and the mandatory spay/neuter and microchip ordinance if they reside in any unincorporated area of Los Angeles County (or contract city that has adopted the County’s ordinance).
Residents not in compliance will be subject to license fees and delinquency charges, including a $40 field enforcement fee, to offset the cost of the Department’s field services.
In order to avoid penalties, be sure to license your dog. You can secure a new dog license by printing the application online at http://animalcare.lacounty.gov, or visiting your local County animal shelter. If your license is not delinquent, you can also renew it through the Internet.
DACC offers low cost vaccination clinics and low cost assistance (for individuals who qualify) for spay and neuter surgeries. Information is available here or at the local County animal shelter.
However, DACC wants to remind the public that its animal care facilities will be open for limited operations on Monday, October 10 in observance of Columbus Day.
Residents may only relinquish animals or pick-up their impounded pet if it is determined to be at the shelter. The facilities will not be open for adoptions. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, October 11.