Dogs Owners Alerted About Licenses, Vaccines and Park Rules

Dog owners within the City of Redding should soon see reminders in their mailbox that dog licenses are nearing the time for renewal.

California law requires all dogs to be vaccinated against rabies and licensed at 4 months of age. In the City of Redding, licenses must be renewed by July 1 and are valid for at least 12 months. Licenses can be renewed for up to three years at a time with proper verification of rabies vaccination.

Haven Humane Society administers the licenses through its contract to perform Animal Regulation services for the City of Redding. Licenses may be purchased at Haven offices, 7449 Eastside Road, or at Dana Park Veterinary Hospital, 1405 Bradford Way, in Redding. Licenses are not available at City Hall.

More than 3,000 courtesy reminders are being mailed this week to known current dog license-holders, according to Animal Regulation Captain Lee Anne Smith. And while every effort is made to reach dog owners, not everyone may get a reminder, due to changes of address or dog ownership. It is the responsibility of all dog owners to obtain or renew their license, regardless of whether they received a reminder, she said.

In addition to license renewals, dog owners are reminded of longstanding City ordinances that generally prohibit bringing dogs to City parks or letting them run off of private property without a leash.

With more seasonal weather and longer days, Animal Regulation normally sees an increase in the number of dogs in the City’s major parks, including Caldwell, Lake Redding and Enterprise/Kids Kingdom. Dogs are not allowed in the parks, on-leash or off, except during special events. Restrictions also apply to most area school grounds and play areas.

Owners can be cited for having a dog in the park and receive a $50 fine. If the dog is off the leash, the owner also can receive a “running at large” citation, which carries a $100 fine.

The new Dana-to-Downtown pathway also has become a popular thoroughfare and residents are urged to use caution while walking dogs on leashes to avoid interactions with other pedestrians or bicyclists, particularly in confined areas along the new bridge.

Dogs are welcome on the Sacramento River Trail on leashes, and are free to run off-leash at the two-acre Benton Dog Park at Placer Street and Airpark Drive.

For additional information, contact Redding Animal Regulation at 241-2550.


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