Officers from the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control will be in the city of Artesia starting on Wednesday to check for current rabies vaccinations and to ensure that residents are in compliance with pet licensing requirements.
The canvassing begins on May 9 and is expected to last for a three-week period, according to the department of Animal Care and Control.
California State law requires that all dogs and cats over the age of four months be vaccinated against rabies and be licensed. Securing a license for your pet can also assist animal control agencies if your pet becomes lost.
Fee Penalties for Non-Compliance of State Laws
Artesia residents not in compliance with licensing and rabies requirements 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, pet owners are advised to have evidence of current licensing. You can secure a new dog license by printing the application online at animalcare.lacounty.gov, or visiting your local county animal care center. If your license is not delinquent, you can also renew it online.
Lower Licensing Fee Opportunities
In the city of Artesia, the license fee is substantially less for a spayed or neutered dog. Additionally, senior citizens pay a lower license fee. The County offers low cost vaccination clinics and low cost assistance (for individuals who qualify) for spay and neuter surgeries. Please visit animalcare.lacounty.gov or stop by your local county animal care center for more information about these services.