STUDIO CITY (CBS) — The city of Los Angeles is fighting a growing problem with unlicensed pets.

It’s estimated that fewer than one-third of dogs in the LA-area are licensed.

Not only does it mean lost revenue for the city, but could put the owner at a risk.

Aimee Gilbreath, Executive Director of the Found Animals Foundation, appeared on KCAL9 News at 8 a.m. to discuss this and more.

For more information on pet licensing, click on the links below:
» Found Animals Foundation, Inc.
» Los Angeles Animal Services

Comments (3)
  1. jim says:

    call it what it is…a “dog tax”.

  2. O_O says:

    Exactly, Jim. Mandatory pet licensing is the most ridiculous wallet-opener for the city of LA. Just what exactly does licensing your pet provide for the pet owner? What’s the benefit? Because all it looks to me is just another ploy for LA residents to have to pay for the city’s leaders yacht, parties, trips, etc.

    1. autumn says:

      Mandatory pet licensing is practiced in every city in this country. It was one of the only ways to ensure people were vaccinating against rabies when rabies was a threat. By Licensing your dog and putting the tag on, you are providing a better chance at reuniting with your pet. What you probably don’t know is that your tax dollars (approx 360 billion per year for california) are already spent euthanizing animals in our shelters. A lot of these animals have owners, who are too stupid to put identification on them and come meandering into the shelter 3 weeks later… oh my dog is missing, your dog was euthanized (lets repeal the hayden law!) and 0_0’s tax money paid for it. Licensing is the only way to enforce spay & neuter, again, people do not sterilize their animals and the “accidental” litters end up in our shelters that are overcrowded and struggling. It’s 20 dollars to license, go without cigarettes for 2 days and get over it.

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