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Late Fees for Dog Licenses Waived by County

Residents of unincorporated communities near Temecula and Murrieta who failed to license their dog are being offered a second chance through Oct. 31.

Riverside County residents who didn't buy a license for their dog or failed to renew an expired license on time have a chance to get one without a penalty.

The Department of Animal Services is offering a penalty amnesty until Oct. 31. The program only applies to residents of unincorporated communities, however. 

"We have done this with great success in the past," said Dr. Allan Drusys, chief veterinarian for Riverside County. "Although we always like when dog owners have been compliant for the entire period they have owned their pet, this program certainly encourages those who have fallen behind in their responsibility to catch up without getting hit in the wallet."

A license costs $16 for a sterilized dog and $100 for one that hasn't been spayed or neutered. Under California law and a county ordinance, dog owners are required to register their pets and have them vaccinated for rabies by the time they're 4 months old.

The Department of Animal Services typically assesses a $25 penalty for an overdue license application, but during the amnesty period, that fee and any accrued fees are waived, county officials said.

The new amnesty program is separate from one currently available in the city of Jurupa Valley, where delinquent pet owners can obtain licenses without any penalties being assessed until Nov. 30.

Information on how to apply for a license can be obtained by calling the Department of Animal Services at 951-358-7387, or visiting its website: http://rcdas.org/home/.

Mr. Temecula September 14, 2012 at 03:49 AM
What a scam! Riverside County has no way of enforcing such a terrible law and as such they are publicizing it under a false premise. They should be ashamed of themselves. It’s a sad state of affairs when you have to have a license to own a dog. WHAT A SCAM! I bet Jeff Stone drew up this legislation…
That Temecula Guy September 14, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Agreed. Just another tax. This is crap. They should bill the people that cause the problems and leave the rest of us alone. I'm not registering my dog. To hell with that. The government has no place to tell me how to take care of my family pet.
Galactic Cannibal September 14, 2012 at 02:12 PM
I think all dogs should be chipped and licensed. Dogs bite and occasionally kill and or maim humans especially children. So chipping or licensing will not stop that, but it will identify the owner who can or should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. For 10 years I owned Japanese Akita's and I had electric fence wire around their large exercise pen just in case they escaped . They never did . The Akita's are terrific loyal dogs but are not friendly to strangers or other dogs. Now I have a big St. Bernard weighs 170 lbs he sleeps a lot and slobbers . All my dogs were and are licensed and chipped. I do not understand this attitude of owners who will not license their dogs and get them chipped. Seems irresponsible to me. Still we live in the U.S. where people think they are free to do what they like . and that's a national illusion !!!.
Nano September 14, 2012 at 11:57 PM
The purpose of licensing a dog is to prevent rabies. There would be many cases of rabies if not for the laws which require owners to keep their dogs licensed. There would be major outbreaks of the deadly disease spread to humans, keeping the public at risk. True, there are no ways of enforcing these laws until a dog bites someone and is reported.
That Temecula Guy September 15, 2012 at 01:27 AM
It's like gun control. It's stupid and it only punishes the law abiding folks that take care of their dogs anyway. I'm not going to license my dog, but it will always have the shots it needs and the proper care.
martha m kimbrough September 17, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Just sayin ....if your dog bites the mailman and is not licensed and had required shots the lawsuit will kill you.
chris March 31, 2013 at 04:53 AM
They're going to sue your ass whether it has a license or not.

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