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Canvassers ply L.A. streets seeking unlicensed dogs
Posted By admin On February 24, 2010 @ 10:57 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled
L.A. Times 
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
There are 4 million people in the city of Los Angeles and who knows how many dogs. Of its canine residents, the city is sure only of this: About 120,000 are licensed — as required by law — and a lot of others are not.
“Nobody has ever done a census. It’s anyone’s guess how many are out there,” said Kathy Davis, general manager of L.A.’s Department of Animal Services, who declined to pick a number. “But we certainly don’t assume we have all of them licensed.”
In this time of budget cuts, that spells opportunity for revenue.
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Dogs don’t make money. But the City Council is betting that going after their owners for license fees will help fill L.A.’s cash-starved coffers.
A license for a sterilized dog costs $15. An owner with an unaltered dog has to pay $100 — plus possibly $120 more for the breeder’s license technically required for unaltered dogs. (There are exemptions for some canines, including service dogs.)
If, as council President Eric Garcetti contends, roughly two-thirds of the city’s dogs are not licensed, that could mean at least an additional $3.6 million in fees even if all those scofflaw dog owners paid only the lowest license fee.
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