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5898 CHERRY AVE LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA -- Los Angeles County Animal Control has lost their F&*@en minds.. So my dogs license renewal was due a few months ago, my bad.. Out of sight out of mind! I figured I would get his new shots at the same time as my other dog and go and get their licenses together.. LA Aminal Control just sent me a Delinquency notice today that states I now owe them $20 Penalty fee for a $30 license.. That's about a 67% Penalty.. The F&*@en IRS doesn't even charge you that much.. Who do these people think they are!!

To make matters even worst.. I don't F&*@en live in LA County! Really, with so many people tightening their belts these days.. 67% penalty?
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trmn8r on 04/20/2011:
I heard about a similar penalty in NJ, clear across the country. Sounds like localities are doing their best to raise money the old fashioned way - by taking it.
momsey on 04/20/2011:
Why are you getting your dog licensed by LA County if you don't live in LA County?
Anonymous on 04/20/2011:
Ah our wonderful local municipalities. Between them and the government, they're the only ones who can rob you and get away with it.
trmn8r on 04/20/2011:
Good eye momsey. I am thinking animal control is essentially fining the OP because their dog wasn't licensed in whatever jurisdiction they live in.

That would make more sense then what I assumed. The $20 is a fine.

If the OP compares this to what happens if they fail to put a quarter in a parking meter, that fine is worse.
momsey on 04/20/2011:
So true, trmn8r. We got a parking ticket in Newark last month. Just for not putting an extra few quarters in, we got a $45 ticket!
trmn8r on 04/20/2011:
That $45 is a lesson that you should stay out of Newark, not that you should feed the parking meter.

On the same list, you'll definitely want to include Camden. Actually, Camden should go in the #1 spot lol.
old fart on 04/20/2011:
Camden is a PIT!... I worked there and it is scary!
ticia232 on 04/20/2011:
So you knew that it was late and chose to pay it late, and are upset with how big late fee is?

Also I agree with Momsey, why are you paying registration for a place you are NOT living? Is there an animal control place for where you live or does this one cover many counties even though it is named after one? Watching Animal Cops has shown me that many of the places have one location for several counties. (the biggest being the Houston area, sometimes those people drive for hours to get to a case.)If it is that you still need to register with them since they ARE the local place, and it does not matter if you live in the actual county. This is something you acknowledge at first, so you knew it.
Starlord on 04/21/2011:
Try coming to Washington and illegally parking in handicapped parking. It is a $400 fine. Do you live in a town in Los Angeles County? Many times small communities have the county handle things like policing, animal control, etc. They will probably delete my comment, claiming I am trying to diminish the importance of your post, but you chose to put off getting your dog's license renewal, and now you have to pay the piper. A $20 fine is not that far out of line.
ncoclub on 04/21/2011:
Starlord, I really hope that wasn't you that parked in the handicap spot!
Alain on 04/21/2011:
Our licensing fees in the P'burgh area are about 6$ for a spayed or neutered dog ($12 for non). However, if you're late (they give a month grace period generally), you receive a hefty fine, which they make very clear on both their website and the license papers. 100% of the fees and fines go to support the shelters and enforcement people so I have no problem with the way the do things.
jonthethird on 04/21/2011:
Parking in a handicap spot in CA without a placard is over $1000
Anonymous on 04/21/2011:
Ugh don't get me started on these handicap placards. Just go to your local DMV and tell them you stubbed your toe and you can get one.....but god forbid you park in one illegally,
yoke on 04/21/2011:
On the news last night they were talking about how towns are now raising fee's to make money. People were complaining about the high fee for going through a red light. They felt it was unfair for the fee to be so high. Guess what don't run red lights. They also talked about the fee for parking in a handicapped spot in CA, it was over $1,000. That is what it should be all across the country.
MRM on 04/21/2011:
As long as you have doctors note that qualifies you for handicap placards.
Anonymous on 04/21/2011:
Running a red light, I can understand a hefty fine. That can cause a serious accident. I am a bus driver. If you are caught running my red stop lights, its a $1250 fine and 6 points on your license. That I can also understand, but 1000 dollars for parking in a handicap spot? puhhlease. I can understand people who really really need them, but I think they make it way too easy for people to get them. Especially these obese people I see waddling into a store. Maybe walking a litle farther can do ya some good!
*Brenda* on 04/21/2011:
You sure are a price aren't ya?

I totally agree with charging $1000 for a handicapped spot!
CrystalSword on 04/21/2011:
ncoclub....even if Starlord had parked in handicapped parking, he has that right! He has a placard and is absolutely allowed to park there!
Starlord on 04/21/2011:
PC,One of the local TV stations in Sandy Eggo went out with the SDPD one day, and they arrested a number of people who had placards they had purchased through the black market. A placard can bring you $400 on the black market. I got my first placard in Sandy Eggo, and I will deisagree with you strongly. I had to argue with my doctor to get one, then got a heaping helping of attitude from the gal at MVD before she begrudgingly gave me mine. Even though I was on arm canes with a knee brace that one could see that I had had some serious knee surgery. I don't know where you got your placard, but I have never gotten one easily, nor have I known anyone who got one for a stubbed toe. I would love to see you produce some proof of your statement.
Mike in FL on 04/21/2011:
The purpose of the fine is to punish as well as to help cover the costs of running Animal Control. If the sting to your wallet is sufficient, they figure you won't be so lax again.
ok4now on 04/22/2011:
You're in California that's running a deficit. They need the money honey. Totally unfair? Absolutely. You have two choices. Pay up for this legalized extortion or move. Personally I would choose the latter. Enough is enough.
ncoclub on 04/22/2011:
Chill out CrystalSword!! It was a JOKE.
gomezd1 on 04/22/2011:
Thanks for the input people.. I sent the payment off, and at the end of the day.. I prabaly spent more on lunch in the last four days.. My point is that it is 67% of the totals fees.. The only other people to charge rates like that are those check into cash places and they are currently being sued.. Yes, my city, which is in Ventura county opted to use Los Anagels.. Why... I have no idea!..
Starlord on 04/22/2011:
First off, ncoclub, Crystal is sort of over protective of me, and was not aware that what you said was meant as a joke. They don't have a special font for joking and serious. She took it as an attack. I posted that info because I am attending the Citizen's Academy for a local PD, and that came up in class. If ncoclub indicates that you are or have served in the service, thank you for your service and sacrifice. As a former LEO, I have explained to many people that opur main concern is correcting people's bad habits that can be deadly. The best way to correct bad habits is to hit them in the pocketbook. The sting operations of running every handicap placard is the curtailment of illegal activity. The people in possession of the illegal placards were questioned about where they obtained the placards, and those who cooperated paid lower fines than those who copped an attitude. In gomezd's case, the fine is 67% of the cost of the license if properly paid for. Next year, he will probably remember because of the fine, and renew his dog's license in time.
Anonymous on 04/22/2011:
Thanks for the info Star. I have two people's placards in my vehicle, I'll be sure now not to leave them hanging in view when not transporting them.
PepperElf on 04/29/2011:
star - are they really cracking down on the illegal usage?

I've heard stories that they had quite a few people illegally using handicapped placards in CA
gomezd1 on 05/03/2011:
I disagree Starlord.. Not only am I not motivated, but more likely to say I no longer own a pet and or register my pet in another part of the county. Since my pets "Chip" is universal, if my pet were to get lost in this area... I was simply visiting that location.. As you drive through Long Beach, Compton, Watts, South Los Angeles etc.. There if no enforcement of the register policy, but here I am making an attempt to do what's right and I am penalized!
jonthethird on 06/23/2011:
In 1999, football players at UCLA were found to be using handicapped placards.
Annonymous on 07/08/2014:
Bottom line: Chip your animals. But never license them with the city. If you ever get caught just tell animal control you just got the animal.
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