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Temporary Amnesty on Pet Licenses

Lucky - head lobbyist on the amnesty issue

The Los Angeles Animal Services has a temporary amnesty on dog licenses until the end of March 2012! The amnesty is for dogs who were never licensed before or whose licenses have lapsed.

In the City of Los Angeles, dogs and horses are required to be licensed.  Funny…cats are not required to be licensed. Maybe someone can comment as to why that is the case?

Here is an outline of the dog license requirement…

All dogs over four months of age and kept within the City of Los Angeles must be licensed (LAMC 53.28) and must be spayed or neutered (LAMC 53.15.2(b)). A dog license is valid only when the required rabies vaccination certificate, issued by a licensed veterinarian, is provided to the Department and only as long as the rabies vaccination is effective. (LAMC 53.51 )


According to the LA Animal Service Website, dog owners often believe that their dog will never get out of the house or the yard, but it happens. If your dog gets away from you, the license tag can be your dog’s ticket home! Animal Control Officers will be able to look up the home address and contact information of any stray dog and notify the owners quickly.

And now you can register your dog online – the fee is $20 for altered dogs; and lower in special cases outlined on the site.

Take advantage of this temporary amnesty!  The dog community has lobbied hard for it!

Los Angeles Animal Services Online Dog Licensingclick here


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  1. Here is another link to license your dog online =

    I had animal control show up at my apt last week because a neighbor called them to complain about barking (it wasn’t my dog – it was the tenant behind my apt) still, if the amnesty period wasn’t in effect and I had lapsed on the licensing (which I hadn’t)I would’ve had to pay a hefty fine, the animal control officer wanted to see my dog’s license and proof of sterilization first thing and if I didn’t have those things done… ugh, it’s like driving with no license or registration so do take advantage and get your dog licensed! I was able to easily explain it was the Shepherd next door and having all the required paperwork in order made the whole case/complaint finished in 5 minutes.

  2. I just called the animal license dept. and they said the amnesty was for only unlicensed animals NOT ones that had let the license lapse. 🙁


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