Cash-Strapped Los Angeles Going After Unlicensed Dogs

February 24, 2010 - 10:46 AM
The City Council voted Tuesday to have two departments share information in order to track down people who haven't licensed their pets.
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Los Angeles (AP) - Cash-strapped Los Angeles is going to the dogs -- literally.
 
The City Council voted Tuesday to have two departments share information in order to track down people who haven't licensed their pets.
 
Council President Eric Garcetti estimates two-thirds of the city's dogs are unlicensed. Licenses cost $15 for a sterilized dog and $100 for an unaltered pet.
 
Getting all dogs licensed would mean at least an additional $3.6 million in fees to the city.
 
The Department of Animal Services has eight full-time people whose job is to find and license dogs.  The Department of Water and Power keeps a meter-reader database of homes with dogs.
The council ordered the departments to coordinate to find the pooches.