City of Torrance Animal Control
The City of Torrance has a city-based animal control office, staffed by Animal Control Supervisor LaPlante, and Animal Control Officer Cattouse.
The City of Torrance does NOT have an animal shelter. We use the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control for animal sheltering.
If you are looking for a lost pet, check first to see if your pet is being held at the Torrance Animal Control office. Since 2004, Torrance Animal Control reports returning more than 2,700 pets to their homes in Torrance, without those pets having to enter the LA County/Carson facility.
If your pet is not being held by Torrance Animal Control, you must go in person to the LA County/Carson shelter, located at 216 W. Victoria Street in Carson (two blocks east of Figueroa & 190th).
Only you can identify your animal. This shelter takes in thousands of animals a year. Do not call to ask if they have your animal; you must go and look. Some, but not all, animals in the shelter are shown on the County website: http://animalcare.lacounty.gov
Field patrol hours, effective November 1, 2013 are:
Monday-Saturday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
The field-based Animal Control Supervisor, and the Animal Control Officer, are on-call on weekends and after hours 24/7 for emergencies (where the health/safety of a person or animal is at risk). They are dispatched through the Torrance Police Department.
City-based Animal Control Officers serve Torrance residents.
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (unless the field-based Supervisor and Animal Control Officer are both in the field on calls)
After office hours, you can leave a message at (310) 618-3850 or, for emergencies, you can contact the Police Dispatch Center.
The City of Torrance animal control office is in a modular office located at 2200 Jefferson St.
It's in Wilson Park, near the tennis courts and skate park. (Wilson Park is on Crenshaw Blvd. between Sepulveda Blvd and Torrance Blvd.)
For more information on licensing, see below.
Animal Control enforces state and local laws regarding animals.
For more information on local laws, see Division 4, Chapter 1 of the Torrance Municipal Code: http://municipalcodes.lexisnexis.com/codes/torrance/
For state laws, go to http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/faces/codes.xhtml
If you are looking for a lost animal, you must go in person to the LA County/Carson shelter, located at 216 W. Victoria Street in Carson (two blocks east of Figueroa & 190th). Only you can identify your animal. Some, but not all, animals in the shelter are shown on the County website:http://animalcare.lacounty.gov
Animal Sheltering Magazine
Animal Sheltering is published by The HSUS for animal care and control professionals and others who care about community animal protection, sheltering, and control. You do not have to be a member of The HSUS to subscribe to the magazine or view archived articles. http://www.animalsheltering.org/publications/magazine/
California Animal Control Directors Association
The California Animal Control
Directors Association is a nonprofit corporation composed of directors and
managers of state animal control associations The purpose of CACDA is to work
with all agencies and associations for the betterment of the animal control
The National Animal Control Association (NACA)
The National Animal Control Association (NACA). Provides training and information for animal control professionals. "NACA's purpose is to preserve the Human/Animal Bond by insisting on RESPONSIBLE ANIMAL OWNERSHIP." http://www.nacanet.org/
Control - Who benefits?
City of Torrance residents must renew their City of Torrance (not LA County) dog license every year. The fee is $21 per year for an altered (spayed or neutered) dog and $44 per year for an unaltered dog. Cat licenses are available and not required; the fee is $5 per year for an altered (spayed or neutered) cat and $10 for an unaltered cat. Qualified seniors age 62 and over with an altered pet may be eligible for one free license per home per year. Fees are determined by a vote of the Torrance city council.
Licenses are available at the animal control office (2200 Jefferson Street, see directions and hours above) or through PetData, www.petdata.com.
The metal license tag is permanently assigned to your pet, and you will not receive a new tag during the renewal process unless you request it. If you have lost your tag or it has become unreadable, visit the animal control office or PetData.
The license fee shall be payable in advance on the first day of July of each year, and the full amount of such license fee shall be payable for any fraction of such year; except that, any person keeping or maintaining a dog in the City who acquired that dog after the last day of December, or any person keeping or maintaining a dog who takes up residence in the City after the last day of December, shall pay a license fee at fifty (50) percent of the regular fee provided herein. Such reduced license fee shall be paid within thirty (30) days after moving into the City, or after acquiring ownership of a dog. If such license fee is not paid as herein provided within thirty (30) days, a penalty of Twenty Dollars ($20.00) shall be added to such fee and collected therewith.
SECTION 41.3.3 FEE FOR REPLACEMENT OF DOG TAG
Whenever it is necessary to replace a license tag, a fee of One Dollar ($1.00) shall be charged therfor.
b) The exemption granted by this Section shall not eliminate the duty of the licensing authority to collect the license tax from such exempt individuals or the duty of such exempt individuals to pay said license tax to the licensing authority unless an exemption is applied for by the individual who keeps and maintains a dog and is granted in accordance with the provisions of Section 41.4.9.
c) No individual may be issued or possess more than one (1) tax exempt license at any given time and no more than one (1) tax exempt license per household shall be issued.
"Vector" means any animal capable of transmitting the causative agent of human disease or capable of producing human discomfort or injury, including, but not limited to, mosquitoes, flies, orther insects, ticks, mites, and rats, but not including any domesticated animal.
The City of Torrance is in the Los Angeles County West Vector Control District.
To register a complaint about
Bees or Yellow Jackets: call (800) 825-3400
Mosquitoes: call (310) 915-7370
Visit http://www.lawestvector.org/ to receive information regarding:
Mosquitoes, West Nile Virus, and Encephalitis
Ticks and Lyme Disease
Portions of this page updated October 21, 2013