The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control is now providing full service to La Mirada, South Gate and Whittier. All three cities were previously served by the Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which closed its facility in South Gate on June 30.
Officers from the county Animal Care Center in Downey, 11258 S. Garfield Ave., will patrol the three cities for strays, respond to emergencies, answer complaints, enforce the leash law, investigate animal abuse cases, remove wildlife from homes and yards and provide many other animal-related services.
Lost and stray animals found in these cities will be sheltered at the Downey facility. Additionally, the City of Commerce will house animals at the shelter under a limited contract with the county. All other animal control responsibilities will continue to be handled by the City of Commerce.
The Downey Animal Care Center is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. It is closed holidays. Stray animals are held for seven days to allow their owners time to locate them.