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Animal Control

The mission of Animal Control is to provide service to the citizens and municipal workers of Hawthorne regarding all animal related issues.

Animal Control is a division of the Police Department. It operates 7 days per week and is comprised of one supervisor, and field workers Helen Coronel and Evelyn Diaz. Animal Control personnel are also on-call after office hours for emergency call-outs.

Animal Control Officers are responsible for enforcing all animal laws in the City of Hawthorne. Other duties include, but are not limited to: cruelty investigations, humane education, rabies control, dangerous and nuisance animal complaints, sick/injured animal rescue, deceased animal pick-up, stray animal impound, barking dog investigations, and licensing. Animal Control Officers also collect all fees due the City for animal licensing, impound fees, services rendered, etc.

Sheltering of animals impounded or rescued by Animal Control Officers is provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control. Every attempt is made to contact owners of an animal prior to transporting it to the L.A. County Shelter.

The location of the L.A. County Animal Shelter is:
Los Angeles County Animal Control Shelter
216 W. Victoria
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566

Hours of Operation for L.A. County Animal Shelter are:
Monday through Thursday - 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday through Sunday - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The L.A. County Shelter is between Main & Broadway, 2 blocks south of the 91 Freeway.
Please note: Victoria St. is the same as 190th St.

Their website is http://animalcare.lacounty.gov

Pictures of recovered animal are posted on the above website.

For Emergency Animal Control issues such as injured animals, attacking animals, vicious animals, animals running loose, or dead animal pickup, call the Hawthorne Police Dispatch at (310) 675-4443

For Non-emergency Animal Control issues such as barking dog complaints, crowing roosters, basic inquiries, or general information, call (310) 349-2948. A message can be left 24 hours per day. Animal Control Officers receive email at hawpets@cityofhawthorne.org .

Dog licensing inquiries and payments should be directed to Animal Licensing at (310) 349-2952.

Dog Licensing

All dogs over the age of four months must be licensed with the City (proof of rabies vaccination must be submitted). Dog Licenses are good for a period of one fiscal year ending on June 30th.

Annual Dog License fees are as follows:

Category Fee
Unspayed / Unneutered $54.00
Spayed / Neutered $21.00

Senior Citizen (over 62) - Spayed / Neutered

$ 7.50
Guide Dogs / Seeing Eye - Dogs / Signal Dogs/ Service Dogs - (one time registration fee) $ 5.00
Delinquency Charge - (for late payment of license fees) $ 5.00 per dog per month to max of $30.00
Replacement of Tag fee $ 5.00

More Animal Services Pages:

AVID Pet Microchipping
Education Information

Other Useful Links:

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles
Animal Match Rescue

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