L.A. County Animal Control is kicking off a "pet sweep" in unincorporated areas of the county on Wednesday.
Officers will be going door to door to make sure pet owners are following county regulations.
All dogs or cats older than four months need to be licensed and vaccinated. There is also a cap on how many pets people can own: up to three dogs and five cats, though that may change soon.
The county hopes to educate residents about the rules through the sweep.
“We are not confiscating animals. We are going to be educating members of the public, making sure that all of their pets are in compliance,” said Carlos Pineda of the Department of Animal Care and Control.
While the visits are a warning, people should be sure their pets are vaccinated and licensed before the officers arrive, Pineda said.
“Definitely, avoid penalties, avoid additional charges by making sure your pet is licensed,” or prepare to pay a $40 fine, Pineda said.
Ensuring public safety is the primary goal for officers as they conduct the sweep, he said.
“The rabies virus is a fatal virus that is very contagious and we want to be preventive. This is something that the department is in charge of enforcing,” Pineda said.
The sweep begins July 19 in the eastern part of the county, covering the unincorporated areas of La Puente, Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas and West Covina. They hope to reach all unincorporated areas by the end of the year.