Last year, Animal Care Services completed more than 24,000 animal-related calls for service ranging from stray dogs to barking complaints. This year, the City of Long Beach agency will enlist residents and neighborhood associations to email, download, print, and distribute information about making their community safer. Flyers and signs detailing the 15 most common animal-related issues are now available at longbeach.gov/acs/flyers_and_signs.asp.
“Animal problems begin and end with people”, said Ronald R. Arias, director of the Health & Human Services Department. “Engaging the community is critical to making neighborhoods safer for people and animals.” Common neighborhood issues include barking, dogs being off-leash, defecation, irresponsible pet ownership and urban wildlife.
Resources highlight local laws and fines, often providing preventative strategies or a simple description of the complaint process. Residents are encouraged to print and distribute flyers to neighbors, or post signage on their own property.
Animal Care Services is open to the public Wednesday through Friday, from 10am to 5:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. The Village is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and all holidays.