Amnesty for pet owners ends soon; late fees waived for dog licenses

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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 (4) 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 the Animal Care Services website.

“Pay your dog license by mail or in person at Animal Care Services between May 1-31, 2010 and your one-time late penalty ($30) 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 for the dog licensing amnesty program:

  • Pet owners must request credit to receive a waiver.
  • Mail must be postmarked May 1-31, 2010 to receive a waiver.
  • Refunds will not be granted for previous violations paid.

And what happens if your dog licenses 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 adds up quickly: ($100) no rabies vaccination and ($50) no current license.

Animal Care Services is open to the public Wednesday through Friday, from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Village is closed on Monday, Tuesday and all holidays. For further information call 570-PETS (7387).


One Response to “Amnesty for pet owners ends soon; late fees waived for dog licenses”
  1. Barbara says:

    Figures… due to a misunderstanding (thought I had already sent it) I got a notice with the $30 late fee (total 40 as I am a senior) which I put in the mail THIS MORNING!! arrrgghh