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L.A. County Raises Dog Limit From Three To Four Per Household

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Great news for dog lovers in L.A. County: the Board of Supervisors has voted to raise the limit on the number of dogs allowed per household to four. Up until Tuesday's vote, the no-fun county had previously limited households to a maximum of three dogs. In order to have more dogs than the household limit allows for, one must be licensed as an animal facility, such as a groomer, kennel, or pet shop.

"Increasing the dog limit per household will give homeless dogs additional opportunities to find permanent, loving homes and reduce animal homelessness in the county of Los Angeles,'' Marcia Mayeda, director of the county Department of Animal Care and Control, told City News Service.

“By increasing the number of dogs allowed per household from 3 to 4, we are hoping to encourage responsible pet owners to consider adopting an additional dog from one of our county shelters,” Supervisor Kathryn Barger said in a statement.

San Diego and San Bernardino counties already have similar four-dog ordinances, according to Barger's statement. The new rules only apply to households located in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, such as East L.A., Marina Del Rey or Ladera Heights. The limit in the City of Los Angeles remains three dogs per household.