Animal control officers will be out in force in unincorporated areas near Acton, checking for dog licenses and compliance with other pet laws, a county official announced today.
California law requires that dogs more than four months old be licensed and vaccinated against rabies, and Department of Animal Care and Control personnel will step up enforcement beginning next week, department spokeswoman Evelina Villa said.
Residents in unincorporated county areas are also required to spay or neuter their dogs and pay to microchip them.
“Securing a dog or cat license can assist animal control agencies if your pet becomes lost,” Villa said.
Dog owners not in compliance may be charged a $40 field enforcement fee, plus license fees and delinquency charges.
Owners can print out an application for a dog license or renew a license online at http://animalcare.lacounty.gov.
The county offers low-cost vaccination clinics and financial help with the spay and neuter surgeries for those who qualify.