well-behaved dog is a dog trained well by a caring owner. Because
the City cares about your success as a responsible pet owner, the
City has prepared this handout of the City’s key animal care laws
for your review. Your voluntary compliance would be much appreciated.
The City contracts with the County of Los Angeles to enforce the following
animal regulations and to provide animal control and sheltering services.
All pet owners are required to dispose their pets’ animal waste
in a sanitary manner; animal defecation deposited on property other
than belonging to the dog owner is prohibited (L.A. County Code 10.40.060).
Any pet owner or custodian who allows a dog to bark continuously or
for an extended period of time in a manner that annoys the neighbors
and disturbs the peace and tranquility of the neighborhood may be
guilty of allowing a public nuisance and punishable by a misdemeanor
with a fine of up to $1000 and/or six months in jail (California Penal
Code 373A and L.A. County Code Sec. 10.40.065). If you have a barking
dog complaint, contact your local animal control agency at 523-9566.
No person who owns or has charge of a dog may allow the animal to
run at large. Dogs must be kept on a leash (no longer than six feet
in length) at all times when off their owner’s private property. Violation
may result in a citation, court appearance and a fine of up to $250
(County Code Title 10, Sec. 10.32.010).
Number of Pets
Allowed: No person shall keep more than three dogs and three cats
on any residential lot within the City (Municipal Code 6.04.040).
Vaccinations: Vaccinations must be kept current for all dogs (County
A valid license is required for all dogs four months of age or
older. The tag must be purchased annually and securely fixed to the
dog’s collar (County Code 10.20.190). Failure to license your dog
may result in citations, a court appearance and fines (Calif. Health
and Safety Code Sec. 1920, Calif. Food and Agriculture Code Sec. 30502
and County code Sec. 10.20.190). Licenses are valid for a one-year
period from July 1st through June 30th. Licenses not renewed
by July 1st of each year are subject to a late fee.
a dog license application: contact the local County Animal Shelter,
located at 216 W. Victoria, Gardena, by calling 310-523-9566 or print
the application from the County website at http://animalcare.lacounty.gov/.
Remember to include a valid certificate of dog sterilization to qualify
for a reduced license fee and a current rabies vaccination certificate.
Dogs: Dogs that constitute a public menace may be impounded and
removed from the custody of their owner. The County Department of
Animal Care and Control may file a petition with the Municipal Court
to determine the disposition of an animal considered to be dangerous.
The owner of such an animal may be fined and forced to give up or
dispose of his dog (County Code Sections 10.37.020. 10/37.040 - 10.37.150).
Dogs in Open
Vehicles: It is illegal to transport any dog in or on the back
or bed of any open truck or other open vehicle while traveling on
any county road, street, highway, lane or alley. Violation may result
in citation, court appearance and fines of up to $250 per incident.
EXCEPTION: Dogs may be transported if each animal is
cross-tethered securely or the sides of the open vehicle are built
up to a height of 46 inches or 3 feet, 10 inches (Vehicle Code Sec.
State Penal Code Sec. 597 and County Code Sec. 10.12.160 forbid the
abusing, mistreatment, torturing and subjecting any animal to needless
suffering. These laws provide that no animal may be deprived of proper
food, water or shelter. Violation of these laws is punishable by up
to six months in jail and/or a $500 fine. Please report any case of
inhumane animal treatment or neglect to your local animal control
Food and Water: All pet owners are required by law to provide
their animals with adequate food and water. Failure to comply with
this humane pet care measure is a violation of California Penal Code
Sec. 597E and County Code Title 10, Sec. 10.40.010.
Requirements: Rabies vaccinations are required for all dogs 4
months of age or older. Failure to comply may result in a citation
and a court appearance (Ca. Health and Safety Code, Sec. 1920 and
County Code Title 10, Sec. 10.20.220).
are eager to please and like to be trained. You can easily teach your
pet the basic rules of good behavior at home. Get a book of simple
instructions from your library. All experts agree that dogs learn
more quickly with kindness than with punishment. Be firm, but patient.
Training should be fun for both master and pet.