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The County Is Cracking Down On Dogs At The Beach

No more dogs at the beach (Photo by Chris Hall via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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It may seem like there's a dog or two frolicking on the beach every time you're there, but you are actually not allowed to bring your pooch to any beach run by L.A. County. And now, the county is going to start cracking down on dog owners who ignore the rules.

The problem with dogs on the beach is dog feces and urine, which can contaminate waters and result in the county being fined. According to Beach Commissioner Rosi Dagit, all it takes is "one extra dog poo" to tip the bacteria levels into a fine-able offense, KPCC reports.

Only service dogs are allowed to accompany their owners to the beach. Currently, lifeguards have the power to issue a verbal warning; however, if an owner claims their dog is a service animal, there's not much the lifeguard can do to prove it. Also not allowed at the beach are horses and cats.

A task force of about 12 people will be on the lookout for offenders, the Department of Beaches and Harbors says. They'll also be citing business that are running camps without a license, because those camps may have too many swimmers and not enough lifeguards.