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Important Pet Laws for Every Dog Owner to Follow

Los Angeles, March 14, 2018- If you are a dog owner or are thinking about adding a dog to your home, you know or can’t wait to enjoy the loyal companionship and excitement they bring to your life. Along with the fun, dogs rely on us to care for them, give them food and water and keep them safe. Part of keeping your four-legged friend safe, means following City and State pet laws created to protect you, your dog and your community.

By following the below pet laws under the City of Los Angeles Municipal Code (“LAMC”) you can be responsible, protect your pet and avoid possible fines.

License your dog (LAMC 53.28)
Dogs are required to be licensed after the age of four months. To obtain a license, dog owners must show proof of spay/neuter and rabies vaccination. The cost for an annual license is $20 per year/per dog. There are a few exemptions for dogs that are not spayed or neutered, but the fees jump from $20 to $100 and can rise to $335 with a breeding permit.

You can license your pet online at To get an intact dog license, you can go to your nearest City shelter and provide proof of the exemption and microchip information. To learn more about the exemptions, visit

Prevent unwanted litters – Spay or Neuter your dog (LAMC 53.15.2)
Dogs (and cats) are required to be spayed or neutered after the age of four months, with some exemptions allowed. Free spay and neuter vouchers are available at your nearest City shelter for low-income residents. Applications for the vouchers are also available at City of Los Angeles Council field offices.

Obey the Leash Law (LAMC 53.06)
Dogs must be on leash unless they are in your fenced yard or at a dog park that allows off leash exercise.

Do not tether your dog (LAMC 53.70)
Tying up your dog to any stationary object for more than three hours in a 24 hour period or denying them proper food, water and shelter for long periods of time is against the law and can be harmful to your pup’s life.

Scoop your dog’s poop (LAMC 53.49) 
Dog owners are required to clean up after their dogs when taking them out in public. Don’t forget the poop bags when you leave your house for a walk.

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