The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors is reminding pet owners in Marina del Rey of the need to keep their dogs on a leash at all times when away from their homes.

The county’s Animal Care and Control Department will be patrolling and enforcing the county code that states it is not permissible to let dogs roam free at any time with or without a license (Code Title 10, Section 10.32.010). This law requires dogs to be on a leash and under control by a responsible person whenever they are on a private Marina del Rey leasehold, public street, public park or any other public place within the county, unless a specific area is designated for unleashed dogs.

Pet owners should also be aware of local ordinances creating citable offenses in regards to cleaning up after their dog, as well as licensing, microchipping, spaying or neutering, and vaccinating requirements, department officials advise.

Further enforcement action, including fines and criminal penalties, may be imposed in these cases. The fine for violation of the leash law is $174. Fines of $174 will also be incurred for pets without a license, as well as for pets with no proof of a rabies vaccination.

Information (562) 728-4706 or http://animalcare.lacounty.gov/.

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