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Pet police: Calif. city officials go door-to-door to inspect pet licenses

- The Washington Times - Monday, November 4, 2013

Inspectors are going door to door in Eastvale, Calif., neighborhoods and ticketing residents if they don't have dog licenses for their pets or are missing proof of vaccinations.

The city contracted for a part-time license inspector in its 2013-14 agreement with Riverside County for animal control service, The Press Enterprise first reported.

Their work began in August, and as of Oct. 24, officials had written 225 "fix it" citations, the newspaper said.

John Healey, a county animal services enforcement agent, said he has found less than an 8 percent or 9 percent compliance rate.

"Very few people continue to license their dogs year after year," he told the paper.

The inspectors check each address for an active dog license. If one is found, they leave an official notice advising the pet owner to keep their records updated.

If no one is home and no active license is found but officers hear or see a dog, they write a ticket giving owners 20 days to get their pets vaccinated, licensed, microchipped and fixed.

The program is expected to generate about $200,000 in revenue.

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