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Dogs in Thousand Oaks checked for licenses, vaccinations

September 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Animal control officers are set to go door to door Wednesday in Thousand Oaks to make sure dogs are licensed and vaccinated.

Authorities said dog owners will need to provide a copy of current rabies vaccination as well as spay or neuter certificates.

Owners will also have to show proof that they're city residents.

The whole process has some homeowners barking.

"I think it is kind of infringing on my privacy," said Mark, who only wants to go by his first name. "It's nobody's business."

"I think there is more things for them to be concerning themselves with and putting taxpaying money towards than knocking on our doors to check up on our animals," said Shannon, who also only wants to go by her first name.

Animal control officials say this is a fairly routine procedure, and that they just haven't done it in Thousand Oaks for some time.

Residents will be subject to license fees and late charges, which could include a $40 field enforcement fee.

The city of Thousand Oaks contracts out with the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control, so officers from there will be doing the inspections.

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