Uniformed inspectors began going door to door in Santa Ana on Wednesday to ask dog owners to buy licenses for their pets.
Jerry Ayres, Santa Ana animal control supervisor, said that only 10% of the city’s estimated 60,000 dogs are licensed.
The City Council last month approved a contract with the Mid Valley Manpower Consortium of El Monte to supply 14 employees to canvass the city and register dogs.
A city ordinance requires owners of dogs 4 months and older to have licenses and proof that the dogs have been vaccinated against rabies, Ayres said.
The licenses cost $20 annually, or $10 if the dog is neutered. Senior citizens receive a 50% discount. License applications can be obtained at City Hall or police headquarters.