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The dog police are coming to Long Beach

December 4, 2008 |  8:43 am

Dog not licensed? Well, in Long Beach you might be getting a knock on your door from officials who have a new campaign to nab pet owners who fail to register their dogs. Those who don't have licenses can get them on the spot or face fines as high as $295. More from the Press-Telegram's John Canalis:

This time, the dog catcher is going after stray owners. City and county animal control agencies serving Long Beach will begin going door to door this month to make sure dog licenses are up to date. Inspectors plan to spend the next six months using lists of data that show addresses where a dog license may have expired, knock on the door and ask the owner if they would like to renew their licenses, said John Keisler, manager of the city's Animal Care Services. If inspectors pass an address not on the list of licensees and see or hear a dog, they will knock on the door to inquire if the pet belongs to that household or whether the animal was perhaps registered at another address before a move.

There are 180,000 households in Long Beach but only 36,000 licensed dogs. Officials think the number is way low.

-- Shelby Grad