In an effort to encourage responsible pet ownership and improve rabies compliance, the Long Beach City Council has authorized a one-month amnesty for late penalties on dog licenses. By law, all dogs over the age of four months old living in the city of Long Beach must be licensed or made current within 60 days or face the $30 late penalty. For details visit longbeach.gov/acs/pet_license/default.asp
“Pay your dog license by mail or in person at Animal Care Services between May 1 and 31, 2010 and your one-time late penalty will be waived”, says John Keisler, manager of Animal Care Services, “The City Council has provided much needed relief to animal owners who want to make their licenses current.” There are a few disclaimers:
• Those interested must request credit to receive waiver.
• Mail must be postmarked May 1–31, 2010 to receive waiver.
• Refunds will not be granted for previous violations paid.
And what happens if a license is expired? Officers say that license inspectors will be going door-to-door to check license and rabies information. Animal owners in violation may be subject to a late penalty and citation, which can add up quickly: $100 for no-rabies vaccination and $50 for no current license.
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 Monday, Tuesday and all holidays.
(562) 570-PETS (7387)