AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The mandatory spay-neuter law, which is designed to reduce the high number of unclaimed and unwanted dogs coming into county animal shelters, applies to all dogs kept in unincorporated areas. Those regions are home to more than 1 million residents. There are exceptions in the law for certified and registered competition and conformation dogs as well as for dogs that a veterinarian certifies as being at too much medical risk to spay or neuter. In order to encourage compliance with the measure, the department is offering free microchip implanting and national database registration at its six shelters and will continue to do so. The agency also has enlisted the services of more than 70 veterinary medical practices in all regions of the county who have agreed to spay and neuter dogs at the county’s own low-cost rates or, in some cases, accept $50 discount vouchers the department is providing to senior citizens and persons who have state-issued California Advantage cards. Dog owners living in the unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County must have their dogs spayed or neutered and microchipped by Sept. 3 or face fines up to $1,000 or jail, officials said Tuesday. The requirement follows the adoption of the mandatory spay-neuter and microchip ordinance by the Board of Supervisors, which became effective on June 1. “Our agency added a 90-day grace period during which we suspended active enforcement of the measure in order to give dog owners a chance to comply with the new law on their own,” said Marcia Mayeda, director of the county Department of Animal Care and Control. “That period will expire on Sunday, Sept. 3, and officers from our department will begin active enforcement of the measure, which could mean fines starting at $250 per infraction and increasing to $1,000 and possibly a jail sentence for dog owners who refuse to comply with the law.” The new law set annual dog licensing fees at $20 for altered animals and $60 for unaltered dogs. Income from the sale of dog licenses will be used to help finance county-run low-cost spay and neuter programs, to further encourage compliance. “The goal of our agency is to drastically reduce the number of dogs we have to put down every year because there are more dogs available than homes to place them in,” Mayeda said. “Most animals in the community do not come from shelters and, in most cases, the dogs are not spayed or neutered. That means we are constantly receiving a new flow of animals every day in our shelters. We have to change this situation in order to move toward a `No kill’ shelter model, which I support.” Dog owners who have questions about the measure or who wish to inquire about having their dogs altered or microchipped can call (562) 256-7104 for further information.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!