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Door-to-Door Checks for Current Pet License

If you own a dog or cat, LA County Animal Care & Control is in the neighborhood and might ring your bell.

Animal Care and Control is going door-to-door in Altadena, checking on current licensing for both dogs and cats.

If you're late to the the license-party, download a form here. For dogs, you'll need to include verification of a current rabies vaccine. And if your dog is not yet spayed or neutered, think about it. Licenses must be renewed every year, and the fee for an unsterilized dog is $60, as opposed to $20 for one that has been spayed or neutered.

Nico July 30, 2012 at 07:05 PM
? Isn't there a new rule that all dogs must be spayed or neutered? http://animalcare.lacounty.gov/cms1_045463.asp#TopOfPage
Karin Bugge July 30, 2012 at 10:45 PM
From what I can tell, Nico, the spay/neuter rule is particularly easy to get around if your dog is a registered purebred. But I'll check further.
Travis Bickle July 31, 2012 at 12:32 AM
why would it cost more if a dog is not spayed or neutered?
Leslie Aitken July 31, 2012 at 04:48 PM
The reasoning behind the higher cost of dogs are not "fixed" is to encourage people to do so. If every year you have to pay more for the license -- hopefully it will encourage you to spay/neuter. There are thousands of unwanted animals killed every day in this country due to overpopulation. Most of us don't want to think about it. The higher cost is a reminder to spay/neuter your pet. Also, if your dog has puppies, and Animal Control is notified -- you have to pay a "litter fee" and a fine per puppy.
Travis Bickle July 31, 2012 at 09:51 PM
@leslie There are thousands of unwanted illegal immigrants in this country. Why aren't we killing or imposing fines on them for not being spayed or neutered????? Which do you think cost this country more money? The anchor babies or puppies? Answer that question honestly and let me know your thoughts... all this is is another tax to take care of the people who don't pay anything.
Greg Lozano-Buhl August 08, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Is this door-door check legal? Doesn't it violate the 4th amendment?
Karin Bugge August 08, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Maybe a local lawyer could answer that question, Greg. I would assume since those who check won't seize the pet if it's unlicensed, just present a bill and possibly fine the owner, that it's not a 4th amendment issue. But interesting question.

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