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Animal Care and Control closes centers

Los Angeles County animal control officers will continue to respond to animal welfare and public safety calls. Courtesy PETA Policy will remain in effect until further notice in wake of coronavirus crisis LOS ANGELES — The Los

Los Angeles County animal control officers will continue to respond to animal welfare and public safety calls. Courtesy PETA

Policy will remain in effect until further notice in wake of coronavirus crisis

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control has closed all LA County Animal Care Centers (ACC) to the public beginning effective March 16, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Animal control officers will continue to respond to animal welfare and public safety calls.

“Certain services will be made available by appointment only,” according to a department spokesperson. “We value the health and safety of our residents, their pets, the animals in our care, and our employees, and hold these health considerations at the forefront of all operational decisions.”

During this time, service changes will include:

Pet adoptions will be by appointment only.  The public is asked to call the appropriate ACC at the phone number below.

Pet owners that believe their pet is being cared for at an Animal Care Center should call to schedule an appointment to retrieve their pet.

Owner surrenders will not be received until further notice.

The department  encourages those who have lost or found pets to download the SHADOW app—which can also be accessed on the ACC website—and, if possible, to foster those pets temporarily.

The Department will not be accepting stray, healthy cats, but any sick or injured cats can still be brought into ACCs by appointment.

Animal Control officers will continue to respond to public safety and animal welfare calls such as dangerous dogs, sick/ill animals, police assistance, animal cruelty investigations, patrols, and dead animal reports.

Less urgent calls will be deferred until further notice.

Pet owners are encouraged to renew pet licenses by mail or online by going to the department website. Pet licenses will not be sold at the animal care centers at this time. Pet owners will be given a 30-day grace period for late license submittal.

During this closure, the health and safety of animals in ACC care remains a top priority, and during closure, no animals will be euthanized unless they are irremediably suffering, dangerous or unable to eat without assistance.

Communication Center/Dispatch Numbers:

Downey – (562) 940-6898

Carson/Gardena – (310) 523-9566

Baldwin Park – (626) 962-3577

Lancaster – (661) 940-4191

Castaic -(661) 257-3191

Agoura – (818) 991-0071

Palmdale – (661) 575-2888

Field Licensing/Canvassing Issues – (562) 658-2019

 

 

 

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